TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Vocalist ROBIN BORNEMAN Talks Passing Of PAUL O'NEILL And DAVID Z. - "It Leaves Such A Large Hole Because Of Who They Were"

November 11, 2017, 4 years ago

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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Vocalist ROBIN BORNEMAN Talks Passing Of PAUL O'NEILL And DAVID Z. - "It Leaves Such A Large Hole Because Of Who They Were"

Dutch singer/songwriter Robin Borneman has not only been touring with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's annual Chistmas productions since 2013, he also shared the Wacken Open Air stage with Savatage's Jon Oliva in 2015 and recorded "Forget About the Blame" for TSO's most recent album. When not singing for TSO, Borneman has been creating and releasing a series of solo albums that defy musical categorization. His latest album, Folklore 2 The Phantom Wail - the second in a trilogy - came out in October and debuted at #14 on the Dutch charts. Borneman found a break between his record release concerts and preparing for the 2017 TSO tour to chat with Dan Roth at Music And Art Interview to discuss his background, his solo albums, and his experiences with TSO. An excerpt is available below.

DR:  You sang "Believe" at the 2015 performance at Wacken where you split the song with Jon Oliva.

RB:  "That was one of the best days of my life. We had been rehearsing for two weeks in Florida before we flew to Germany. The whole thing was such an adrenaline rush. I was so honored to be singing 'Believe' with Jon, I was so focused; I did not have much room to fuck up (laughs). When the song started, it was still dark on my side of the stage. I walked towards the mic while Jon was singing and when I started singing right after the drum break, the lights went on. I saw this ocean of people all of a sudden out there and I remember thinking 'What the fuck!' but I had to really focus on singing the song. It was such a profound experience to do a massive performance like that. I wish now, when I look at footage, that I would have said something like, 'Give it up for Jon Oliva!' but I was just so focused and maybe shy to say anything."

DR:  I wanted to get your thoughts on two people that were lost this year - Paul O'Neill and bassist David Z.

RB:  "I've just been really sad and I miss them terribly. They were both such big personalities. Paul was such a mastermind and a teacher. And with the way Dave laughed and the way he spoke and the way he was excited about stuff - he was such a big personality. For someone like them to pass away so suddenly, it leaves such a large hole because of who they were. Whenever I see a picture of David or Paul, it's still just so fresh. Being over here on the other side of the ocean, it is hard to share my sorrow because not many over here knew them. I really just miss my friends."

Read the complete interview here.

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2017 Winter Tour

The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: The Best of TSO & More

November
16 - Erie, PA - Erie Insurance Arena - 4:00 PM 8:00 PM
16 - Council Bluffs, IA - Mid-America Center - 7:30 PM
17 - Baltimore, MD - Royal Farms Arena - 8:00 PM
18 - Allentown, PA - PPL Center - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
18 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
19 - Wilkes Barre, PA - Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza - 2:30 PM 7:00 PM
19 - Colorado Springs, CO - World Arena - 3:00 PM 7:30 PM
21 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivint Smart Home Arena - 4:00 PM 8:00 PM
22 - Rochester, NY - Blue Cross Arena - 7:30 PM
24 - Worcester, MA - DCU Center - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
24 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena - 7:30 PM
25 - Manchester, NH - SNHU Arena - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
25 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena - 3:30 PM 8:00 PM
26 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
26 - Eugene, OR - Matthew Knight Arena - 3:00 PM 7:30 PM
29 - Fort Wayne, IN - Allen County War Memorial Coliseum - 7:30 PM
29 - Fresno, CA - Save Mart Center - 7:30 PM
30 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena - 7:30 PM
30 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena - 7:30 PM

December
1 - Toledo, OH - Huntington Center - 3:30 PM 8:00 PM
1 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center - 3:30 PM 8:00 PM
2 - Dayton, OH - Nutter Center - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
2 - Ontario, CA - Citizens Business Bank Arena - 3:30 PM 7:30 PM
3 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena - 3:00 PM 7:30 PM
3 - Phoenix, AZ - Gila River Arena - 3:30 PM 8:00 PM
6 - Richmond, VA - Richmond Coliseum - 7:30 PM
6 - El Paso, TX - Don Haskins Center - 3:00 PM 7:30 PM
7 - Charlotte, NC - Spectrum Center - 7:30 PM
7 - Lubbock, TX - United Supermarkets Arena - 7:00 PM
8 - Greenville, SC - Bon Secours Wellness Arena - 4:00 PM 8:00 PM
8 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank Arena - 8:00 PM
9 - Duluth, GA - Infinite Energy Arena - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
9 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
10 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum - 3:00 PM 7:30 PM
10 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena - 3:00 PM 7:00 PM
13 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena - 7:30 PM
13 - Birmingham, AL - BJCC Arena - 7:30 PM
14 - Washington, DC - Capital One Arena - 7:30 PM
14 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena - 7:30 PM
15 - Hershey, PA - Giant Center - 3:30 PM 8:00 PM
15 - Sunrise, FL - BB&T Center  - 8:00 PM
16 - Buffalo, NY - KeyBank Center - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
16 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
17 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center - 3:00 PM 7:30 PM
17 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena - 3:00 PM 7:30 PM
20 - Indianapolis, IN - Bankers Life Fieldhouse - 7:30 PM
20 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center - 7:30 PM
21 - Cincinnati, OH - US Bank Arena - 4:00 PM 8:00 PM
21 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center - 3:30 PM 8:00 PM
22 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
22 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center - 3:30 PM 8:00 PM
23 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
23 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center - 3:30 PM 8:00 PM
26 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
26 - St Louis, MO - Scottrade Center - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
27 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
28 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
29 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
29 - Milwaukee, WI - BMO Harris Bradley Center - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
30 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM
30 - St Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center - 3:00 PM 8:00 PM



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