With Labor Day having passed, we’ve reached the official end of summer, which annually brings about the announcement of another Trans-Siberian Orchestra holiday tour. 

It seems that Fort Wayne gets skipped about every other year, and true to form, we won’t be seeing the band this year. But there will be plenty of opportunities to see them within reasonable driving distance. 

With two separate but similar touring bands, The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: the Best of TSO & More Tour will hit 62 cities and deliver 104 performances in matinee and evening sets within a two-month window.

There will be two shows each at the Huntington Center in Toledo on Dec. 1, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland on Dec. 22, Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Dec. 23, Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Dec. 26 as well as Gainbridge Fieldhouse Indianapolis on Dec. 26, EJ Nutter Arena in Dayton, Ohio, on Dec. 28 and Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont on Dec. 28, and Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati on Dec. 29.

The band also has some new products to sell this season, including a 25th anniversary edition of The Christmas Attic on vinyl, set for release on Sept. 29, a clear vinyl pressing of Christmas Eve and Other Stories hitting shelves Nov. 3, and a digital release of The Ghosts of Christmas Eve titled The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: The Complete Narrated Version on Nov. 10.

Aaron Lewis supports album

Brown County Music Center in Nashville, Indiana, has announced sometimes metal, sometimes country singer Aaron Lewis will appear at their venue on two nights, playing acoustically on Dec. 14-15. 

Lewis is touring in support of his latest album, Frayed at Both Ends, which is described as a workingman’s country album, making it the perfect vehicle for these intimate performances. 

Lewis is also set to the Hard Rock Casino in Gary on Oct. 27-28, Firekeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan, on Nov. 11, and the Motor City Casino in Detroit on Nov. 12.

Jay Leno coming to Gary

Also coming to the Hard Rock Casino in Gary, a fantastic venue you will want to visit at some time, will be the “King of Late Night” himself, Jay Leno

The acclaimed comedian who catapulted into fame from his 22-year run at The Tonight Show and his Emmy-winning YouTube channel Jay Leno’s Garage with 3.5 million subscribers will perform Nov. 11.

Madonna updates schedule

Madonna rescheduled her North American Celebration Tour after the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was forced to postpone a previously scheduled run because of a hospitalization with a bacterial infection. 

The run will officially kick off in December. Following some East Coast dates, she will be at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Jan. 15. The tour will also have a two-night stand at the United Center in Chicago on Feb. 1-2, and stop by Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland on Feb. 8. 

A “retrospective tour,” Madonna plans to highlight her more than four decade-long recording career during each set.

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