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Trans-Siberian Orchestra Notches Fourth Consecutive $50 Million-Plus Tour

Trans-Siberian Orchestra have wrapped another seasonal tour, playing close to 100 dates in November and December 2021. In a brisk month and a half, the holiday rock favorites earned $54.6 million and sold 767,000 tickets across the U.S., according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore.

The 2021 tour set out on Nov. 17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Green Bay, Wisc., and concluded on Dec. 30 in St. Louis, Mo., and Cleveland, Ohio. How can one band be in two cities on the same day? TSO employs an East Coast band and a West Coast band, sometimes playing four shows a day with a matinee and evening show in two markets.

Typical for the band’s annual routing, the first half is primarily single-show days in smaller markets such as Sioux Falls, S.D., and Rochester, N.Y., before doubling up in larger markets including Washington, D.C., and Dallas as the dates inch closer to Christmas.

Geographically, it’s hard to pinpoint particularly strong or weak pockets of the country for TSO. The “East” tour grossed $27.8 million and sold 388,000 tickets, compared to the “West” tour’s $26.9 million and 380,000 tickets. That amounts to just a 3% difference in gross and 2% split in ticket sales.

The tour’s two biggest stops were at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 19 ($1.8 million; 24,700 tickets) and American Airlines Center in Dallas on Dec. 11 ($1.6 million; 20,800 tickets). Of 58 total cities, 27 of them delivered million-dollar grosses, and 44 of them had 10,000-plus attendance figures.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra is one of the most reliable live acts of the 21st century, touring every holiday season since 1999 (with the obvious exception of 2020, due to COVID-19). The band’s first handful of years were in theaters before graduating to scaled-down and then full-capacity arenas around the country.

Per-night gross and attendance has grown from $83,000 and 2,400 tickets in 1999 to $557,000 and 7,800 tickets in 2021. The most recent tour is the fourth consecutive run to average more than $500,000 and ninth in a row to pace more than 7,500 tickets.

In total, the band has grossed a reported $667.6 million and sold 13.2 million tickets across nearly 1,700 performances.

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