Every December, the year’s most dedicated road warriors reach the end of their touring cycle and wrap months-long treks or pause ongoing runs for a holiday break. But while the biggest names in pop, rock, hip hop and beyond go into the briefest of hibernations, Trans-Siberian Orchestra hits the pavement, reaching its stride through the last days of the year. And 2019 was no different, as the holiday-rock-symphony ascends to the top of Billboard’s monthly Top Tours ranking.
After warming up in November with a $20 million dollar run, Trans-Siberian Orchestra played 69 shows between Dec. 1-30, grossing $46.8 million and selling 706,000 tickets according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore.
The $66.8 million haul makes 2019 a record year for Trans-Siberian Orchestra, marking the biggest gross of its 20-year touring career. The $613,000 per-night average is worlds away from the $83,300 pace of its debut 1999 tour, while 2019’s average of 9,324 tickets per night nearly quadruples 1999’s 2,447 average.