On Dec 5, 2009, an album released by the Trans-Siberiean Orchestra in 2004 re-entered the Billboard Top 200 album chart at #59. The Lost Christmas Eve was the third and last Christmas-themed album from the progressive metal band – Christmas Eve and Other Stories debuted in 1996 and Christmas Attic followed in 1998.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra was founded in 1993 by Paul O’Neill, who produced albums for Aerosmith, Joan Jett, AC/DC and the Scorpions. O’Neill loved the progressive and classical rock sound of bands like Queen, Pink Floyd and Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
When Atlantic Records offered him a shot at recording his own band, he jumped at the opportunity. O’Neill had been working with a progressive metal band called Savatage. He recruited band members Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli to join him along with co-producer Robert Kinkel on keyboards.
The band has been incredibly successful, selling more than 8 million albums. They were a popular band in concert, too ( Pollstar estimates their performances grossed $8 million in tickets, putting them among the top touring acts during the early 2000’s).
To paraphrase the verse from Meet Me in St. Louis, have yourself a metal little Christmas.