SOURCE: Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records

September 22, 2009 11:23 ET

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Welcomes You to "NIGHT CASTLE," Their Most Ambitious Rock Opera to Date; First Single Is "Nutrocker"; Progressive Rockers to Release Highly Anticipated Two-CD Set at Low, Fan-Friendly Price; Epic Winter Tour Begins November 1st; "NIGHT CASTLE" Arrives Everywhere October 27th

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 22, 2009) - Atlantic recording group Trans-Siberian Orchestra has announced the upcoming release of its hugely anticipated new album. "NIGHT CASTLE" will arrive in stores and all digital retailers on October 27th.

Years in the making, "NIGHT CASTLE" is without question TSO's most ambitious and adventurous work to date. Founder Paul O'Neill and crew have created 26 songs that run the gamut from hard rock to classical, taking the listener on a journey through different points of history. "NIGHT CASTLE" details the triumphs and follies of man but is ultimately an epic story of transformation and love. The two-CD set will be released at a special low price, and will include a unique 68-page booklet, featuring story, lyrics, and full-color illustrations by legendary artist Greg Hildebrandt.

"Obviously our fans have been unbelievably patient," O'Neill says. "This was supposed to come out a few years ago. But we were dedicated to making something really special, and the longer it took, the more pressure we felt to give people the best possible piece of art we could.

"These are hard times," he adds, explaining the lower price, "and we're trying to do what we can to make them better. We believe in value with Trans-Siberian Orchestra; everything we do -- the shows, the albums, the souvenirs -- are over-the-top productions with a lot of stuff for people to see and hear and feel, and we do that for as inexpensive a price as we can."

"NIGHT CASTLE" will be preceded by the first single, "Nutrocker," which ships to multi-format radio outlets nationwide later this month. The track sees TSO paying homage to one of their greatest influences, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and features rock icon Greg Lake on bass.

One of the most successful live acts in music history, Trans-Siberian Orchestra has slated a major North American tour to bring "NIGHT CASTLE" to its legions of loyal fans. The massive trek -- which includes both matinees and evening performances in many markets -- begins on November 1st and rolls on through early January (see itinerary below). For up-to-the-minute news and on-sale information, please see www.tsotickets.com.

With sales in excess of 7 million -- including nearly 2 million CDs and DVDs sold in the past two years -- Trans-Siberian Orchestra is among the most popular groups of the modern era. The Orchestra debuted in 1996 with the timeless "CHRISTMAS EVE AND OTHER STORIES." Highlighted by the remarkable hit single, "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24," the album has since achieved 2x platinum certification from the RIAA, with sales now rapidly approaching 3 million. Two further albums completed O'Neill's Christmas Trilogy: 1998's "THE CHRISTMAS ATTIC" and 2004's "THE LOST CHRISTMAS EVE," both of which are currently approaching 2x platinum certification. All three of the Orchestra's Christmas-themed albums have proven enduring blockbusters, returning annually to the top 10 on Billboard's "Top Catalog Albums" and "Top Holiday Albums" charts. "BEETHOVEN'S LAST NIGHT," TSO's rock opera fantasy about "what could have happened" on Beethoven's final night of life has also been certified gold.

Released in 2001, TSO's full-length DVD, "THE GHOSTS OF CHISTMAS EVE," has also received RIAA platinum certification. Narrated by the late award-winning actor Ossie Davis, the magical production -- which features guest appearances from Jewel and Michael Crawford -- is the annual centerpiece of PBS' holiday programming, airing over 500 times in more than 120 markets since 2002.

TSO has also made an array of high-profile TV appearances, including bravura performances on such shows as ABC's "Good Morning America" and "Live with Regis & Kelly," and NBC's "The Today Show" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."

As visionary on stage as they are in the studio, TSO is one of the fastest-growing live bands on the road today, with attendance increasing consistently each year. The group has performed before more than 5 million people since 1999, with a total live gross now exceeding $200 million.

For additional information, please visit www.trans-siberian.com and www.nightcastlealbum.com.

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

                     TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA
                       Winter Tour 2009/2010
NOVEMBER
1       Council Bluffs, IA      Mid-America Center 3:00pm & 7:30pm
1       Youngstown, OH          Covelli Centre 3:00pm & 7:30pm
2       Wichita, KS             Kansas Coliseum 7:30pm
2       Lansing, MI             Breslin Center 7:30pm
3       Denver, CO              Pepsi Center 8:00pm
4       Colorado Springs, CO    World Arena 3:30pm & 8:00pm
5       Richmond, VA            Richmond Coliseum 7:30pm
6       Charleston, WV          Charleston Civic Center 8:00pm
7       Peoria, IL              Peoria Civic Center Arena 3:00pm & 8:00pm
7       Dayton, OH              EJ Nutter Center 3:00pm & 8:00pm
8       Green Bay, WI           Resch Center 3:00pm & 7:30pm
8       Toledo, OH              Lucas County Arena 3:00pm & 7:30pm
9       Madison, WI             Kohl Center Arena 7:30pm
11      Ottawa, ON              Scotiabank Place 7:30pm
12      Fort Wayne, IN          Allen County War Memorial Coliseum 7:30pm
12      Toronto, ON             Air Canada Centre 7:30pm
13      Moline, IL              i wireless Center 8:00pm
13      Rochester, NY           Blue Cross Arena 8:00pm
14      Minneapolis, MN         Target Center 3:00 pm & 8:00pm
14      Hartford, CT            XL Center 3:00 pm & 8:00pm
15      Grand Forks, ND         Alerus Center 4:00pm
15      Manchester, NH          Verizon Wireless Arena 3:00pm & 7:30pm
16      Winnipeg, MB            MTS Center 7:30pm
18      Providence, RI          Dunkin' Donuts Center 4:00pm & 8:00pm
18      Calgary, AB             Pengrowth Saddledome 7:30pm
19      Worcester, MA           DCU Center 7:30pm
20      Vancouver, BC           Pacific Coliseum 8:00pm
20      Wilkes-Barre, PA        Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza 8:00pm
21      Seattle, WA             Key Arena 3:00pm & 8:00pm
21      Philadelphia, PA        Wachovia Center 3:00pm & 8:00pm
22      Portland, OR            Rose Garden 3:00pm & 7:30pm
22      Hershey, PA             Giant Center @ Hershey Park 3:00pm & 7:30pm
25      Salt Lake City, UT      Energy Solutions Arena 4:00pm & 8:00pm
25      Greensboro, NC          Greensboro Coliseum 4:00pm & 8:00pm
27      Reno, NV                Reno Events Center 3:00pm & 8:00pm
27      Greenville, SC          BI-LO Center 3:00pm & 8:00pm
28      Sacramento, CA          Arco Arena 3:00pm & 8:00pm
28      Charlotte, NC           Time Warner Cable Arena 3:00pm & 8:00pm
29      San Jose, CA            HP Pavilion 3:00pm & 7:30pm
29      Columbia, SC            Colonial Life Arena 3:00pm & 7:30pm

DECEMBER
2       Fresno, CA              Save Mart Center 7:30pm
2       Raleigh, NC             RBC Center 4:00pm & 8:00pm
3       Anaheim, CA             The Theater at Honda Center 8:00pm
3       Jacksonville, FL        Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 7:30pm
4       San Diego, CA           San Diego Sports Arena 8:00pm
4       Sunrise, FL             BankAtlantic Center 8:00pm
5       Las Vegas, NV           Orleans Arena 3:00pm & 8:00pm
5       Orlando, FL             Amway Arena 3:00pm & 8:00pm
6       Phoenix, AZ             Jobing.com Arena 3:00pm & 8:00pm
6       Tampa, FL               St. Pete Times Forum 3:00pm & 7:30pm
9       Las Cruces, NM          Pan American Center 4:00pm & 8:00pm
9       Washington, DC          Verizon Center 4:00pm & 8:00pm
10      Lubbock, TX             United Spirit Arena 7:30pm
10      Baltimore, MD           1st Mariner Arena 7:30pm
11      Tulsa, OK               BOK Center 8:00pm
11      Uniondale, NY           Nassau Veterans Memorial Arena 8:00pm
12      St. Louis, MO           Scottrade Center 3:00pm & 8:00pm
12      East Rutherford, NJ     Izod Arena 3:00pm & 8:00pm
13      Milwaukee, WI           Bradley Center 3:00pm & 7:30pm
13      Albany, NY              Times Union Center 2:30pm & 7:30pm
16      Memphis, TN             FedExForum 4:00pm & 8:00pm
16      Pittsburgh, PA          Mellon Arena 3:00pm & 8:00pm
17      New Orleans, LA         New Orleans Arena 7:30pm
17      Lexington, KY           Rupp Arena 7:30pm
18      Bossier City, LA        CenturyTel Center 8:00pm
18      Cincinnati, OH          U.S. Bank Arena 8:00pm
19      Little Rock, AR         Alltel Arena 3:00pm & 8:00pm
19      Cleveland, OH           Quicken Loans Area 3:00pm & 8:00pm
20      Oklahoma City, OK       Ford Center 3:00pm & 7:30pm
20      Cleveland, OH           Quicken Loans Arena 3:00pm & 7:30pm
22      Des Moines, IA          Wells Fargo Arena 7:30pm
23      Indianapolis, IN        Conseco Fieldhouse 3:00pm & 8:00pm
23      Kansas City, MO         Sprint Center 3:00pm & 8:00pm
26      Chicago, IL             Allstate Arena 2:00pm & 7:00pm
26      San Antonio, TX         AT&T Center 3:00pm & 8:00pm
27      Detroit, MI             The Palace of Auburn Hills 3:00pm & 7:30pm
27      Houston, TX             Toyota Center 3:00pm & 7:30pm
28      Austin, TX              Frank Erwin Center 3:00pm & 8:00pm
29      Hamilton, ON            Copps Coliseum 2:30pm & 7:30pm
30      Dallas, TX              American Airlines Center 3:00pm & 8:00pm
30      Buffalo, NY             HSBC Arena 3:00pm & 8:00pm

JANUARY
2       Birmingham, AL          BJCC Arena 3:00pm & 8:00pm
2       Grand Rapids, MI        Van Andel Arena 3:00pm & 8:00pm
3       Nashville, TN           Sommet Center 3:00pm & 7:30pm
3       Columbus, OH            Nationwide Arena 3:00pm & 7:30pm

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