AL PITRELLI (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA): “Stay Home, Stay In Your Pajamas, Get Your Fireplace Going… Everybody At Home… Will Have A Front Row Seat”

Al Pitrelli and Jeff Plate of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA (Live at the Moda Center, Portland, Oregon, USA, November 23, 2019)
Photo: Bryce Van Patten

The Show Must Go On

For the first time in 20 years, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra was forced to cancel their annual holiday concert tours. Rather than sit home and do nothing, the multi-platinum rock group decided to bring their holiday tradition right into your home. In a time where things are looking pretty bleak, we could all use a little holiday joy and Christmas spirit in our lives.

On December 18, 2020 at 8pm EST, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will present Christmas Eve and Other Stories Live in Concert. One $30 ticket admits the entire family into the magical and emotional world of a TSO live show. In addition to the full 90 minute concert, fans will be able to view a special pre-show that included behind the scenes footage and classic interviews. If you can’t make the live airing, the show will be available for 48 hours afterwards. To purchase a ticket visit

I had the chance to speak with musical director and guitarist Al Pitrelli about this special event, how it’s being put together, what to expect, and how we all need a little Christmas.

Check out live photos from December 1, 2019 by Bryce Van Patten

Expected Performers for December 18, 2020:

Brian Hicks – Narrator
Al Pitrelli – Musical Director / Guitar
Derek Wieland – Musical Director / Keyboards

Chris Caffery – Guitar
Mee Eun Kim – Keyboards
Johnny Lee Middleton – Bass
Asha Mevlana – Violin
Jeff Plate – Drums

Russell Allen – Vocals
Nate Amor – Vocals
John Brink – Vocals
Erika Jerry – Vocals
Chloe Lowery – Vocals
Georgia Naplitano – Vocals
Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals

Band Links:

Official Website


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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