Indy: This is a tough end of the year for touring economically, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra has always brought lots of pyro and stage production while keeping ticket prices reasonable. Have you raised prices or scaled back on the special effects?
PO: In the beginning, some of our agents were like, "Now Paul, because of what is going on in the economy, you probably should scale down." "Scale down? I'm doubling the thing." [Agents asked,] "How much are we going to have to raise the ticket prices?" "Ticket prices go up nowhere." ... I just want those people to walk away remembering it for the rest of their lives.
Indy: So what is this year's show like?
PO: We've hung more lights and more high-tech lights that have just been invented than any band in history. I think over the main stage alone, I think we're hanging 136,000 pounds of lights. ... The trussing system will be morphing and moving throughout the entire show. ... At times the rigging lowers itself to the stage and the band members can get on it and they can run around, move around on the trussing while the show is moving on.
Indy: You're opening the holiday show with a song from The Night Castle, the TSO album that fans have been hearing about for three-plus years. Is it really coming out soon?
PO: It will unquestionably be out in 2009 or Warner Bros. will, I think, have me killed. Basically ... we're in the mix stage now. It's 90 percent done. I can see the finish line.
At the World Arena, Dec. 4.