SOURCE: Atlantic Records

October 27, 2006 12:25 ET

500,000 Tickets Sold and the 2006 Holiday Season Has Not Even Begun!

"A new Christmas tradition has been born" -- Hollywood Reporter

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 27, 2006 --In an amazing coup the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has sold an impressive 500,000 tickets for their annual winter concert tour BEFORE the 2006 holiday season has even kicked off. The band is expected to nearly double this amount, bringing the total to well over an astonishing 900,000 tickets sold by the time their 8-week outing ends in December.

On Nov. 2, the band will return with their biggest touring production yet -- a 118-show arena tour that will wow first timers and TSO regulars alike with their live sensory extravaganza that includes an orchestral string section, a full rock band, multiple vocalists, a narrator, extensive pyrotechnics, a stunning laser and light show and new special effects yet to be revealed.

Coming off its most successful tour yet -- both the top-grossing and best-attended annual tour of 2005 -- TSO is also enjoying more notoriety than ever before. Last year, a fan in Ohio -- an electrical engineer by day -- spent two months and $10,000 of his own money to develop a jaw-dropping display on his front lawn, in which some 25,000 Christmas lights fired in perfect sync to TSO's "Wizards In Winter." A video of the dazzling light show quickly became the talk of the internet, and the footage was soon requisitioned for use in a national television commercial campaign (Miller Lite-"Enjoy the Lites"). All of this excitement led to radio programmers across the country calling for "Wizards" as TSO's next single and Atlantic Records incorporating the phenomenal light show into a video. Look for "Wizards in Winter" to be all over the internet and airwaves for the rest of the year.

The passionate fan base that has made TSO both the most successful annual tour in North America and the hottest ticket of the winter already knows to expect the unexpected from the group's concert performances, which combine the arena-rock spectacles of Pink Floyd and the musicality of Queen. With its timeless message, a sound that offers something for everyone, and audiences that cross all generational divides, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has become something that must be seen to be believed.

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