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Trans-Siberian Orchestra calls off 2020 tour due to pandemic

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The COVID-19 Grinch has stolen a major Christmas tradition this year.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra, whose extravagant, holiday-themed concerts have criss-crossed North America annually since 1999 -- including stops at the Palace of Auburn Hills and, since 2017, Little Caesars Arena -- has confirmed it will forego this year's trek due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a weekend announcement via its social media, TSO wrote that, "We waited as long as we could, hoping for months, that we would not have to make this sad announcement. Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to tour this holiday season. While all of us in TSO wanted to be able to hit the road this November, in the interest of public health and safety, we regrettably cannot move forward. The well-being of our fans, our crew, and of venue staff is of the utmost importance to us and, with that in mind, we must forgo touring during this pandemic.

"In a normal autumn, gearing up for tour, loading up the trucks, and making our way to rehearsal is the highlight of our year. It means that shortly thereafter, we are going to be in your city and doing what we love most, playing live for you.

"When we can all safely be together, we look forward to seeing you all again on tour. We hope you are all taking the necessary precautions to keep healthy.

"We thank you for your ongoing support of TSO."

During its touring tenure, TSO has played to more than 100 million people, selling more than $280 million in tickets. The troupe has also raised $11 million for charities in the 80-plus cities its visited.

TSO brass has not made any comment about virtual or online alternatives to the tour, though they are reportedly being examined.

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