Trans-Siberian Orchestra aggregate covered their Facebook page on Wednesday night that Paul O’Neill had passed away. O’Neill had been experiencing an unending disease. He was 61. The Facebook declaration stated:

 

“The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O’Neill has passed away from chronic illness. He was our friend and our leader, a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all.”

 

O’Neill was the maker who set up together the Christmas-roused prog-metal gathering. He co-stated “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,” which consolidated the yuletide staples “Carol of the Bells” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, with Jon Oliva, the guitarist for the metal band Savatage, for that band’s 1995 collection Dead Winter Dead. Needing to extend his vision on that tune, he amassed Trans-Siberian Orchestra with Oliva and Savatage guitarist Al Pitrelli and keyboardist Robert Kinkel; they put out the collection Christmas Eve and Other Stories and discharged the melody as a solitary.

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