Expert Witness: 105 shows, 61 cities, 1 holiday season: How does Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s tour work?
In Expert Witness, The A.V. Club talks to industry insiders about the actual business of entertainment in hopes of shedding some light on how the pop-culture sausage gets made.
When the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s 2016 tour kicked off on November 17, it was the start of something big. Over the course of about six weeks, two separate TSO companies will crisscross North America, playing 105 shows in 61 different cities and bringing in millions upon millions of dollars in revenue for all involved. Last year alone, the tour grossed more than $41 million in 45 days, making it one of Pollstar‘s top worldwide tours.
But who wrangles all the orchestra’s business, from day-of-show set-up to making sure 40 trucks and 20 buses run on time? That’s Elliot Saltzman, director of touring and production for TSO. The A.V. Club talked to him about how this classic …