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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 attached itinerary).  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 ATTACHED)

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