There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert. That was true. The same can be said about Trans-Siberian Orchestra. We have been lucky enough to have them in Rockford on a couple of occasions and we love them. Each show was packed and I still remember feeling the heat from their stage pyro from the back of the Coronado. When those flames went up, the room's temperature jumped 25° in an instant. I mostly remember this about TSO.

During an on-air interview with TSO founder and brain, Paul O'Neill, I told him how were giving away tickets to their show during the 96 Hours of Caring Food Drive. After we were done with the interview, I thanked Paul for his time when we were off the air. Paul was gracious as always, but what he did next was one of the more humbling things I've experienced. He told me that TSO would like to donate $5,000 to the Rock River Valley Pantry. This was in addition to the thousands of dollars the group donated to the RRVP from their Rockford ticket sales. He didn't ask for credit, publicity or any accolades. He wanted hungry people fed. Period.

One lucky winner and 3 guests will receive:

  • Roundtrip airfare for winner and 3 guests from the winner’s closest airport to Hamburg Germany, (Date of departure in July 2015, and return in August 2015, TBD based on point of origination and necessary connections associated with fulfilling this International flight)
  • A minimum five (5) nights hotel accommodations for the winner and guests, hotel TBD, including but not limited to the dates of July 29, 30, 31, and August 1, 2015
  • 4 tickets to Wacken 2015, July 30-Aug. 1, 2015
  • Ground transportation to/from hotel and Wacken each day of the event
  • $2,000 spending cash

Al Pitrelli has been with TSO since day one. I spent some quality time with Al as he talked about the band's new Christmas tour. They will be in Chicago, Milwaukee and Moline in the coming weeks.

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