Paul O’Neill, the founder of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, is a native New Yorker. At one point in my phone interview with him, I made him laugh by using a New York accent. Paul called WNOX to promote the band’s December 10 concert at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville.
Paul said the band only plays Christmas shows in November, December and the first week of January. He seemed impressed when I agreed that the Christmas season ends on January 6, which is the twelfth day of Christmas.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is performing The Christmas Attic album for the first time this year. They are currently rehearsing for the upcoming tour, which starts November 13 in Ohio and Iowa. Paul explained how and why the band splits in two for the holiday season.
As is normal, I only had time to play highlights of the conversation on the air. However, I posted the full interview here.