Paul O’Neill, founder of the prog-metal group Trans-Siberian Orchestra, has died at the age of 61. He had been battling a chronic illness.

I have seen Trans-Siberian Orchestra perform live twice, and the music, dancing, and vocals were incredible each time. Inspired by classical composers such as Bach and Beethoven, and prog-rockers such as Pink Floyd and Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, O’Neill created a truly unique band. I have always enjoyed their Christmas-themed albums, all of which feature beautiful stories of forgiveness and redemption. Furthermore, the band always contributes to a number of worthy charities, usually for veterans or children. Mr. O’Neill contributed a great deal to the music world, and he will be missed.

The Mountain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suy9S_8FOuc