Tommy Farese Explains Dismissal From Trans-Siberian Orchestra
When he was asked by Dan Roth of Music and Art Interviews about his final TSO tour in 2010 and if he saw the end coming, Tommy responded, "I heard the train coming down the tracks. After Tony went, I was the last one out. I kind of knew it was coming."
In a follow up answer he went into details about what happened. He said, "I got a phone call from [TSO manager] Adam [Lind] in June of 2011. He basically said that they had heard that I was writing songs for this band that had some former TSO members in it – they were calling it 'TxO' at that point. I said, 'Yeah, I had some songs that I wrote for myself that I am giving to these guys because they are starting their own venture. What's the problem?' Adam says, 'It's a conflict of interest and Paul is very hurt'.
"I said, 'Why? I broke bread with these guys. We all banded together. We were family. Remember family? That's what this was supposed to be? Am I supposed to turn my back on them? These guys are like family to me. We spent a lot of time onstage together, we spent our holidays together. I didn't spend my holidays with my family – I spent them with these guys.'
"I guess they were looking for a reason and could not come up with anything, so this is what they came up with."
He covers a lot more ground in the interview. Read it in full here.