Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Paul O'Neill dies at 61

Paul O'Neill, the founder of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has sadly passed away at the age of 61 after a battle with chronic illness.

The news was confirmed on the band's Facebook page, saying his death was due to a "chronic illness". "This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all".

TSO has now sold over 10 million albums.

Cleveland is a regular stop on their tour schedule. Blabbermouth reports that a year ago, Trans-Siberian Orchestra sold more than 927,000 tickets, grossing more than $56.9 million. TSO quickly became known for their elaborate arena live shows: Billboard listed the band as one of the top 25 grossing touring acts from 2000-2009. They regularly donated portions of their earnings to various charities.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Paul O'Neill, who founded the progressive metal band Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has died at 61.

Sad news to report from theatrical rock phenoms Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

He began his music-industry career as personal assistant to manager David Krebs at Leber-Krebs, a management company that worked with Aerosmith, AC/DC and others. He also produced albums by Badlands, Heaven and Metal Church. Understandably, O'Neill's family has asked for privacy at this time.

The cause of death was not immediately available.

  • Salvatore Jensen