Trans-Siberian Orchestra to play Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate
Trans-Siberian Orchestra have confirmed they’ll play a unique concert at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on New Year’s Eve.
The show will be performed in front of 1,000,000 fans and will be shown to millions more live on German TV in a broadcast titled Willkommen 2014: Silvester am Brandenburger Tor.
The landmark gate became one of the icons of the Cold War era as it stood in isolation near the Berlin Wall. Its 18th-century stonework, badly damaged during the Second World War, was restored to its former glory during the last decade.
TSO’s triumphant German appearance comes just days ahead of their first UK shows in three years, when they play Manchester O2 Apollo on January 10 and London Hammersmith Eventim Apollo the following night. Those appearances kick off the band’s European winter tour.
Mainman Paul O’Neill, together with collaborators Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli, have released five studio albums and played to more than 10million people since forming the band in 1993.
They’ll release their first ever compilation album, Tales Of Winter: Selections From The TSO Rock Operas, on November 18. It’s followed by a Christmas single, Sarajevo 12/24, on December 16. The track was inspired by musician Vedran Smailovic, known as ‘the Cellist of Sarajevo’, who played his instrument in ruined buildings during the Bosnian War.
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