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Title: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Mon, 2012-12-31, 14:18:46
Copied and pasted from the Clive Nolan newsletter I received today:

Arena
 
'The Seventh Degree of Separation' has been now released on vinyl and looking good! This special, limited edition collector's item can be purchased through Verglas: http://www.verglas.com/complete.php
There are plans to write a new Arena album in 2013, which in turn will be recorded and followed by a tour in 2014. There will also be some scattered Arena gigs during 2013, including our appearance in London at Celebr8 on May 12th.
Find out more at: http://www.celebr8prog.com/Home.html (http://www.celebr8prog.com/Home.html)
Visit Arena website: http://www.arenaband.co.uk/ (http://www.arenaband.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Draco chimera on Thu, 2013-01-03, 18:39:55
Copied and pasted from the Clive Nolan newsletter I received today:

Arena

There are plans to write a new Arena album in 2013, which in turn will be recorded and followed by a tour in 2014. There will also be some scattered Arena gigs during 2013, including our appearance in London at Celebr8 on May 12th.

I like the sound of that.  :)
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Mon, 2013-05-20, 19:58:05
Arena performed at the Celebr8.2 on 12th May. Copied from the Celebr8.2 Facebook:
Following the rip roaring success of Celebr8.2 we have a limited number of the exclusive (500 copies only) double CD event programme which includes tracks from all the artists performing and a number of never before (or ever to be) released tracks from Frost*, The Tangent, Matt Stevens, Haken, Arena and IOEarth.

The full track listing is:

Celebr8.2 Disc One track listing

1   IO Earth – Kindred Spirits – Previously unreleased
2   Mark Spencer – Kings and Queens – Taken from the Twelfth Night DVD
3    District 97 – Back In NYC – Taken from the album ‘Live At CalProg’
4    Galahad – Beyond The Barbed Wire – Taken from the album ‘Battle Scars’
5    Frost* - Raining In My Heart – Previously unreleased
6    Knifeworld - In A Foreign Way – Taken from the Clairvoyant Fortnight EP
7    Threshold – Ashes – Taken from the album ‘March of Progress’
Celebr8.2 Disc Two track listing

1   Matt Stevens – 8.19 (Transcend Mix) – Previously unreleased
2   Alan Reed – Kingdom of The Blind – Taken from the album First In A Field Of One
3   Andy Tillison/The Tangent – Lost In Ledston – Previously Unreleased
4   Harvest – In Debris (featuring Steve Rothery) – Taken from the album ‘Chasing Time’
5   Haken - Celestial Elixir (Live) – Previously unreleased
6   Simon Godfrey/Shineback – Fears Aren’t Toys – Taken From the album ‘Rise Up Forgotten, Return Destroyed
7   Mystery – Pride – Taken from the album- The World Is A Game
8   Arena – Ascension – Previously unreleased

Double CD/Programmes are available from http://www.themerchdesk.com/ (http://www.themerchdesk.com/)


An interesting collection, but as far as I know, 'Ascension' is the last track on 'Contagion'  ::)
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Fri, 2014-01-03, 18:43:04
I've read a review of the Clive Nolan album 'Alchemy' in the German magazine 'Eclipsed' (7 out of 10). They write that Clive is a busy man, but that his bands do not have to suffer from his 'musical trips'. 'Pendragon has planned a studio album and tour for 2014. Arena, with two live releases in 2013 (cd+DVD), are planning a studio album for 2014.' Anyone who has heard/read about it?
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Sat, 2014-01-11, 12:44:14
'Arena, with two live releases in 2013 (cd+DVD), are planning a studio album for 2014.' Anyone who has heard/read about it?
It was confirmed in the Clive Nolan newsletter I received today:
"New Album
The band is about to sit down to work on the new album, which hopefully will be ready by the end of 2014! No details are being revealed yet, so watch the Arena website carefully!"
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: keyboardistmatt on Fri, 2014-02-07, 01:28:29
This'll be good.

I feel sure that on here, the updates will be thorough.  :)
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Wed, 2014-05-21, 20:26:05
Copied from Clive Nolan Newsletter 20/05/2014:
Arena has started work on their next studio album, which most will be released in February 2015. A decision has been made about the title and it will be revealed soon... The new release will be followed by a tour scheduled for the beginning of 2015, to coincide with the album release.
 
Clive: "Next year marks the 20th anniversary of Arena, and we are planning a substantial tour to celebrate this event. To coincide with this tour we are releasing a new studio album. This album is being written over the next few months and will be recorded later this year. It will be a concept album loosely based on an M.R. James horror story, with plenty of strong themes and dark drama… Pure, classic Arena!"
 
The official website of Arena is currently being updated - you may expect an exciting virtual experience very soon!


*horns* 8)
 
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: PH on Wed, 2014-05-21, 20:59:06
Interesting!

This album is being written over the next few months and will be recorded later this year. It will be a concept album loosely based on an M.R. James horror story, with plenty of strong themes and dark drama… Pure, classic Arena!"

Don't know this writer. Anyone else?
Pure classic Arena? What could that mean?
Anyway, this somehow makes me think of "Pepper's Ghost" or something.

Excited! :) 2015 is a long way to go yet though... :(
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: keyboardistmatt on Fri, 2014-05-23, 07:36:55
A long time indeed. That's enough time for Arena to work their magic though, don't you think?  8)

And 'pure classic Arena' says 'The Visitor' and 'Contagion' stylings to me.  :)

And it'll be an even numbered concept album this time...
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: erik on Sun, 2014-05-25, 21:27:10
Clive mentioned that he and Mick have begun the writing about a week ago and have 6 'bits' of music so far, rule of thumb is that when they have 40 of these bits there's enough to build a new Arena album around. Title of the album and more news to be revealed soon.
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: keyboardistmatt on Mon, 2014-05-26, 02:11:16
I'm very excited by this.  :)
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Thu, 2014-06-19, 18:48:42
The website (http://www.arenaband.co.uk/) is refurbished. Looks great 8). Warning: contains scary video ;). I'd say: bring on the new album *horns*.
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: keyboardistmatt on Thu, 2014-07-03, 08:18:15
Cool! New website!

 *horns*
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: PH on Thu, 2014-07-03, 10:17:30
So it seems that the new album will be called "The Unquiet Sky". Sounds great!
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: PH on Thu, 2014-07-03, 10:31:31
With the risk of sounding like a bitter fan, but I hope they bring the keyboard/guitar solos back. I mean, don't get me wrong, "The Seventh Degree..." is a very good album and Paul is probably the best vocalist any band could have (!!), but there was almost no room for instrumental bits. I'm not asking for specific instrumental songs, but a few more instrumental passages within songs would be awesome! ;D

Having that said, I should add that a new Arena album is always a BIG happening and always very welcome. A bad Arena album has yet to be written and I don't think THAT will ever happen considering the talents of Clive and Co.
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Nicky007 on Thu, 2014-07-03, 16:45:00
A bad Arena album has yet to be written and I don't think THAT will ever happen considering the talents of Clive and Co.

That's a bit pompous, ainit, Paxi ::)

- Nicky
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: PH on Thu, 2014-07-03, 16:47:18
Ok... I guess if they actually want to write a bad album, they propbably would succeed.
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Nicky007 on Thu, 2014-07-03, 17:01:01
You don't really need to make a fool of yourself, Paxi :P

- Nicky
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: keyboardistmatt on Sun, 2014-07-06, 15:09:02
So it seems that the new album will be called "The Unquiet Sky". Sounds great!

I like that title.
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: maddox on Sun, 2014-07-06, 15:49:42
I like that title.

As do I. :)
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Thu, 2014-07-24, 18:15:58
Arena announcement:
"Due to time pressure and numerous commitments, we are sad to announce that Arena will be parting ways with John Jowitt.
This is a mutual decision, and we’d like to wish John good luck with his future projects, and thanks again for all his work with Arena”

Too bad, great player and so much fun to see him play :-\. Curious though who will replace him.
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: PH on Thu, 2014-07-24, 20:25:07
Noooooooooo... :'(

In that case I hope they bring Ian back. :)
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: maddox on Thu, 2014-07-24, 21:19:16
Arena announcement:
"Due to time pressure and numerous commitments, we are sad to announce that Arena will be parting ways with John Jowitt.
This is a mutual decision, and we’d like to wish John good luck with his future projects, and thanks again for all his work with Arena”

Too bad, great player and so much fun to see him play :-\. Curious though who will replace him.

 :o

That's rather quick.
Didn't expect this to happen soon.
Than who should/would/could be the new bassplayer?

Should we open up a poll for this?  ;)
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Fri, 2014-07-25, 09:20:24
Than who should/would/could be the new bassplayer?

Should we open up a poll for this?  ;)
Seems difficult to find. Quoting Clive Nolan: "Next year marks the 20th anniversary of Arena, and we are planning a substantial tour to celebrate this event." So it has to be someone with lots of spare time in 2015. But it is also possible that the bass player on tour isn't the one playing the bass on the new album. Don't hope that though. I assume it won't take long that another announcemant is made ;).
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Draco chimera on Sat, 2014-08-02, 19:06:34
Excellent news about the new lbum :) All the best to John, hope Arena is going to announce their new bass player soon!
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: keyboardistmatt on Tue, 2014-08-05, 02:17:45
Album =  :)
John =  :(
Get Ian back? =  :)
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Fri, 2014-08-22, 16:20:13
Get Ian back? =  :)
Nope: latest news copied/pasted from the Arena website: “Arena are happy to welcome bassist Kylan Amos into the fold. Kylan appeared with the band at Leamington recently and gelled very well with the guys. He will play on the new album and you will see him in action on the next tour!”

Never heard of him, we'll let us surprise :). Welcome to the club Kylan and good luck! *horns*
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: erik on Mon, 2014-08-25, 08:45:56
He's the bassist for Clive's Alchemy, so he has been tried and tested ;)

From the Alchemy website:
Quote
Kylan Amos has been a professional bassist for over twenty years now. Over that time he has played with numerous acts and artists like Strangeworld, Black Belt Jones, The Lizard Kings as well as various different tribute acts and stage shows. He has performed around the UK and Europe and featured on a number of albums over the years. Kylan has joined Caamora Company in 2011 and debuted in an eight-man concert version of 'She' in Holland in September that year. In 2012 he was the principal bassist for the Cheltenham 'She' shows and continues to be so in 'Alchemy'.
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Draco chimera on Mon, 2014-08-25, 11:07:24
A warm welcome to Kylan Amos, can't wait to hear him deliver some good sounds on The Unquiet Sky!!
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: PH on Wed, 2014-08-27, 19:36:41
Never heard of the guy. But then again, I never heard of Paul Manzi prior to him joining the band and that turned out fantastic.
Looking forward to the next album!
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Sat, 2014-09-06, 19:47:03
Indeed, Arena never disappointed us. Maybe a bit in 'The Shattered Room' participation ;).

By the way, a cool new band photo on the Arena website (http://www.arenaband.co.uk/)! It's now my wallpaper :).
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Sat, 2014-10-25, 16:51:41
This is what Clive Nolan (touring with Pendragon) wrote on Facebook. Might interest you ;):

Have sat in the tour bus lounge now for maybe 4 nights - from about 3.30am to 5.30am - writing lyrics for the arena album. The combination of a nasty cold, inability to sleep and a moving bus have turned out some pretty dark stuff - business as usual I guess! ;)
'The Unquiet Sky' is proving to be very ...... Unquiet!
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: maddox on Sat, 2014-10-25, 19:24:42
This is what Clive Nolan (touring with Pendragon) wrote on Facebook. Might interest you ;):

Have sat in the tour bus lounge now for maybe 4 nights - from about 3.30am to 5.30am - writing lyrics for the arena album. The combination of a nasty cold, inability to sleep and a moving bus have turned out some pretty dark stuff - business as usual I guess! ;)
'The Unquiet Sky' is proving to be very ...... Unquiet!


I think my neighbors will disapprove.
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Tue, 2014-11-18, 18:10:57
Quote Clive Nolan on Facebook:
So.. we have almost finalised the Arena set list for our 20th anniversary tour next year. It has been very hard to represent all the albums in the format of one gig, but we have done our best. I have asked before, but i will ask again, just in case we have missed an obvious favourite.... any requests?.. ;)
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Fri, 2015-01-09, 19:53:36
Video (2:21 min.) with Mick Pointer:  Friday 9th Jan 2015 : News From The Studio on the website:

http://www.arenaband.co.uk/ (http://www.arenaband.co.uk/)
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: The Butterfly Man on Wed, 2015-01-14, 16:02:19
There's an interview with Clive posted on www.clivenolan.net. It's all about The Unquiet Sky!

Quote
A few months ago the title of the new album was announced. What is the genesis of "The Unquiet Sky"?
Clive: It was a combination of ideas - I had decided to base the album on a short horror story by M.R. James called 'Casting the Runes' - some people may have seen the old 1957 film version called 'Night of the Demon'. We were looking for an album title and John suggested 'The Unquiet Sky' even though he was unaware of my concept idea - as far as I was concerned, it fitted the mood I had in mind for the album - job done! :)

Is the 8th studio album a concept and what is the story behind it?
Clive: It is indeed a concept - as I said above. I must admit that part of the influence is also the old film version - a great atmosphere. It's the film that inspired me to write the opening orchestral section.

How is the work on the album going and have you got a lot of material so far?
Clive: Work is going well… the album is essentially written, and recently we completed the drum recording. The keyboards are pretty much finalised as well. Time to work on the guitars!

The band has parted ways with John Jowitt. Why such a decision and how was Kylan Amos chosen?
Clive: As you know the plan for this year is to do quite a big Arena tour - that combined with the rehearsal and recording commitments meant that John Jowitt would struggle to find the time. I have worked with Kylan before with the musicals and he is a great bassist. It seemed like the obvious choice. We have already rehearsed and performed with him and there's some good chemistry.

With the altered line-up, how does the writing process go? Is every member of the band contributing to the new material?
Clive: This is the first album where everyone has offered up some ideas - that was an interesting process. I guess the real challenge was making sense of all the bits, and making a cohesive collection of songs… particularly since this is a concept album.

Will the new album be maintained in the 'old Arena vein'? Or have you changed the style, mood and sound?
Clive: I guess it is part of the constant evolution of the band, but because this is our 20th anniversary I think there may be some extra classic Arena references.

2015 will be the year of anniversaries - you have announced The Fire and the Questcelebrating 10 years of your musicals, but Arena's 20th anniversary is a big date! How do you plan to celebrate it?
Clive: Basically with a new album and a big tour! :)

Can we expect any special guests during the anniversary tour? Past members of the band maybe?
Clive: There are no plans for any special guests, but I think the tour will be well worth checking out. There will be themes from the new album as well as some nice retrospective moments from our last 20 years.

You are known for your Steampunk image in 'Alchemy' and most recently in Pendragon too. Are you planning a costume for the next Arena tour? And what will it be?
Clive: I guess I will need something - but I really don't know what as yet - watch this space. ;)

How do you see the future of Arena after "The Unquiet Sky"?
Clive: It’s impossible to say what will come next, but my advice is come and see us on tour… this will be a special one!

Nice interview. I'm looking forward to hear this album! *horns**horns**horns* The only downside for me is that I won't make it to see them live this tour. The first tour I'm going to miss since the Immortal?-tour back in 2000. :-\

Tom
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Wed, 2015-01-14, 19:37:13
There's an interview with Clive posted on www.clivenolan.net. It's all about The Unquiet Sky!

Nice interview. I'm looking forward to hear this album! *horns**horns**horns*
Yep, bring it on 8). Release date: 19th March 2015. Twelve days later I'll see them live. Three, maybe four tracks from the new album will be played live, Mick told in the video interview.
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Mon, 2015-01-26, 19:02:07
Two short snippets on the website (http://www.arenaband.co.uk/): recording the bass.

These two tracks don't seem to be heavy ;).
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Fri, 2015-03-06, 18:13:00
Copied what mr. Clive Nolan wrote on Facebook:

"The Arena ‘Unquiet Sky Tour' is approaching fast and one of the highlights of these concerts will be the DVD show at the Rialto in Katowice on 9th April. We are promoting the new album as well as celebrating 20 years of Arena… it’s going to be quite a set list representing all our albums along the way, and maybe a few surprises.. ;). Don’t miss this chance to be a part of this little bit of history!"

Looking forward to the new album and the gig *ola*
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Thu, 2015-03-12, 20:04:15
A tweet from Arena (@ArenaVerglas) today: "Arena in the rehersal room going through a set of musical delights! coming along quite nicely!"
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Fri, 2015-03-13, 18:26:02
First full track 'The Demon Strikes' from the new album: http://www.arenaband.co.uk/ (http://www.arenaband.co.uk/).

Exciting times *horns*
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: PH on Fri, 2015-03-13, 22:29:02
Yeah! And with the previous album I was wondering where all the solos went. Well they're here. Just listened to it once and liked what I heard. Really excited indeed!
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Mon, 2015-03-16, 19:34:43
Copied from http://www.clivenolan.net/ (http://www.clivenolan.net/):

Arena 'The Unquiet Sky": New Album and Tour
In just a few days Arena is setting off for their 20th anniversary European tour. The band will celebrate their 20th birthday by launching and promoting their new album, "The Unquiet Sky". The date of the official release has been confirmed for April 28th. However, the CDs, alongside numerous interesting anniversary merchandise, will be available for purchase at the venues from the first day of the tour.

Arena is currently rehearsing the songs chosen for the tour. The set list will feature compositions representing the whole history of the band.

Clive: “We have been rehearsing down in Devon, in the middle of nowhere. That certainly helps us to focus! This is a big set list and there has been a great deal to work through. It was great to finally be able to play through the whole of 'Moviedrome'... that was quite a challenge. Meantime, it's been fun to revisit some of the old favourites. There is a sense of studious determination in the band as we all realise just how much we need to do in the next few days. I hope we see plenty of people at the shows... this will be an Arena highlight, and I doubt we will do a tour like this again.”
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: bellanova on Thu, 2015-03-26, 18:24:36
Well what can I say. Arena were brilliant. I saw them in London and Leamington Spa. I think that makes about 12 times I have seen them now. The set list was perfect although they played nothing from Songs From The Lions Cage and only 1 from Pride. Moviedrome more than made up for it though. All the band were fab. I like Kylan. JM was note perfect as always despite having a broken finger and Paul is proving an excellent front man even though he forgot the words for the 1st verse of The Butterfly man in London. Clive and Mick were great too. They played 3 off of the new album. I had a brilliant time.
A special thanks to Paul Manzi. We were trying to save one another during The Butterfly Man  ;D at Leamington. lol!  *horns*
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Thu, 2015-03-26, 19:45:08
Seems you had a great time. Looking forward (even more) to next week's gig *horns*.
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: PH on Thu, 2015-03-26, 20:34:41
Sounds great Bella.
Wow, they played Moviedrome? That seems like a hard one to play. Did they get it right?
Too bad about Songs From The Lions Cage. I always liked Valley Of The Kings a lot. With that keyboard solo. And of course Solomon. But I guess one epic was enough. ;D

And the new songs? Can't wait to hear the new album! Should be here soon now.
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Iggy on Thu, 2015-03-26, 22:05:00
Well what can I say. Arena were brilliant. I saw them in London and Leamington Spa. I think that makes about 12 times I have seen them now. The set list was perfect although they played nothing from Songs From The Lions Cage and only 1 from Pride. Moviedrome more than made up for it though. All the band were fab. I like Kylan. JM was note perfect as always despite having a broken finger and Paul is proving an excellent front man even though he forgot the words for the 1st verse of The Butterfly man in London. Clive and Mick were great too. They played 3 off of the new album. I had a brilliant time.
A special thanks to Paul Manzi. We were trying to save one another during The Butterfly Man  ;D at Leamington. lol!  *horns*

I was there as well and Bella summed it up perfectly. Given that I came to Arena late I do feel that Paul Manzi is probably the best singer the band has had.
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: bellanova on Fri, 2015-03-27, 13:03:45
They did Moviedrome very well. It all came together perfectly. It's probably my favourite song. I now have the new album and it's an epic.
Oh yeah, I forgot. In London they played The Show Must Go On (Queen) but they didn't do it in Leamington so I'm not sure if it was just a one off. You guys in Europe, let us know and everyone enjoy it. It was well worth the wait. *horns*
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: erik on Wed, 2015-04-01, 13:17:48
Saw Arena @ Hedon, Zwolle yesterday, great show!! Unquiet Sky couldn't be more apt, it's been unquiet and stormy ever since Arena brought their new album across the pond to the continent!! ::)
But we managed to reach the venue and were in for a treat. Great to see them live again after too long a time!! Moviedrome was a particular highlight, executed to perfection and Hanging Tree as well. I missed Songs and Pride in the anniversary set (Cry VII doesn't really count) but there was a healthy dose of Visitor tracks (5 no less), Unquiet Sky (4), Immortal (2+++), Contagion (3) and then some  Seventh Degree (2) and Pepper's Ghost (1; Smoke and Mirrors has been dropped for Traveller Beware).

1. The Demon Strikes
2. Rapture
3. Double Vision
4. A Crack in the Ice
5. Moviedrome
6. How Did it Come to This?
7. The Butterfly Man
8. Salamander
9. Bedlam Fayre
10. Serenity
11. The Unquiet Sky
12. Traveller Beware
13. The City of Lanterns
14. Riding the Tide
15. The Hanging Tree
16. The Tinder Box
Encore:
17. Don't Forget To Breathe
18. Crying for Help VII

Demon Strikes is gelling well and the other new songs sound pretty good too on first hearing, subject to further scrutiny now that I have the album ;) Kylan proved to be a great asset for the band and was very lively on stage.

Had ample time to study the booklet in the train back but haven’t deciphered the runes nor those number sequences bottom credits page yet... I did spot the subtle visitor velocipede in the background on the Unexpected Dawn page, nice one!

Looking forward to the Boerderij gig and hope they will play The Show Must Go On there!!

Edit: how could I forget Clive's 'anniversary anecdotes', he told about how Arena started with him and Mick meeting in a pub, Mick said he wanted to make music but most definitely did not want to start a band.. After introducing the band Clive also mentioned that line up changes is what they probably do best, even slightly above making music :P
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Wed, 2015-04-01, 20:52:22
Well, what can I add to what Erik wrote? It was a great show indeed. The sound at this venue (Hedon, Zwolle) is crystal clear. Noticed it at an earlier gig (Kayak) too. All the separate instruments could be heard clearly and Paul's voice as well.

Room enough for John Mitchell to shine yesterday and really like Paul's voice. Great performer and it seems all very easy for him.

Personal highlights for me were 'Moviedrome', 'The Butterfly' (the track that introduced me to Arena) and the title track from the new album. Great Mitchell solo! Also a special mention for 'Serenity' (Nolan/Mitchell) 8).

If your Arena gig is in the near future: have fun and prepare for goosebumps *horns* ;).
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Cagemember 321 on Fri, 2015-04-03, 11:14:04
Same setlist yesterday in Essen as Erik posted, but at the beginning of the encores, they played a very very good version of Queen's "Show must go on". Excellent.

All in all: great gig, very very powerful.
Paul is a great singer, maybe the best vin the line of singers at Arena. A bit too much trill in his voice, but expressive, powereful both at the darker and lighter passages. Nearly perfect.
Clive had much fun with his "360° Keyboard", John was perfect as always - the whining guitar is probably the best in Progmusic. Kyle was solid, together with Mick the rythm section was adrift and powerful.
Sound was OK for the venue.

The setlist was quite good, I liked all of the songs but I must say, I was disappointed, that they left out on the "20 anniversary tour" the first two albums (except the unfortunate crying for help) completely. For me, e.g. Solomon is a must have... But this was the only dissapointment of the evening.
Song of the evening was definetely "The hanging tree".
Traveled nearly 100km to see the guys again and it was all worth it.

Thank you, Arena. Cheers to the next 20 years of the music of my life.
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Wed, 2015-04-08, 18:39:10
For me, e.g. Solomon is a must have... But this was the only dissapointment of the evening.
Clive Nolan wrote on his Facebook page that 'Solomon' is back on the setlist, from yesterday. Now all albums are represented. Too late for us though :).

Speaking of Facebook, Arena seems to have a new Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arena-official-FB/144462034576?fref=ts) .
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: PH on Thu, 2015-04-16, 11:18:34
Clive Nolan wrote on his Facebook page that 'Solomon' is back on the setlist, from yesterday. Now all albums are represented. Too late for us though :).

Speaking of Facebook, Arena seems to have a new Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arena-official-FB/144462034576?fref=ts) .

So what happened to this one (https://www.facebook.com/arenaworld) then?
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Thu, 2015-04-16, 19:34:21
So what happened to this one (https://www.facebook.com/arenaworld) then?
I know, I also wondered. They've lost the password or the band wants a FB page for every new album ;).
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Cagemember 321 on Sat, 2015-04-18, 11:46:46
Clive Nolan wrote on his Facebook page that 'Solomon' is back on the setlist, from yesterday. Now all albums are represented. Too late for us though :).

Bad and sad news :-(
Hope they play it for the DVD recording...
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: PH on Sat, 2015-04-18, 14:30:54
Bad and sad news :-(
Hope they play it for the DVD recording...

Why is this bad news? ???
I mean, I can understand why you might be feeling sad about it because you missed it.
But how can it possibly be bad news?
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Thu, 2015-12-10, 18:46:18
At last: news about the upcoming DVD release including cover artwork: here (http://www.metalmind.pl/en/arena---new-live-dvd-in-february-2016_-cover-artwork-revealed.html).

It is looking great and I'm sure it will sound great too *horns*.
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: PH on Thu, 2015-12-10, 20:14:52
The setlist is looking great! Moviedrome, Solomon, The Butterfly Man, and the rest. Really good!
The only downside for me is the artwork... I always think it's very unimaginative to use the front cover of the latest studio album. They also did that with their previous live dvd.
But, I'll probably get this one, regardless of the cover! ;)
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Mon, 2016-12-05, 18:17:20
Read in the Arena newsletter I received today:

SOME RUMOURS...
There are rumours about a new Arena album as well as a 2018 Jubilee Tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "The Visitor",  we would like to say that these rumours are true! 

More info coming soon in 2017!


 *horns*
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: PH on Mon, 2016-12-05, 22:17:37
Read in the Arena newsletter I received today:

SOME RUMOURS...
There are rumours about a new Arena album as well as a 2018 Jubilee Tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "The Visitor",  we would like to say that these rumours are true! 

More info coming soon in 2017!


 *horns*

Also read it. Very excited about that!!
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: maddox on Tue, 2016-12-06, 19:07:35
Read in the Arena newsletter I received today:

SOME RUMOURS...
There are rumours about a new Arena album as well as a 2018 Jubilee Tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "The Visitor",  we would like to say that these rumours are true! 

More info coming soon in 2017!


 *horns*

 *ola* *ola*
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Thu, 2017-02-16, 19:22:29
Writing has begun. From Clive's Facebook page:

So - we finally begun writing a new Arena album - it always begins with that scary 'empty page' ;)

(https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/16508435_608684319328767_1133846480027512523_n.jpg?oh=3ce0e0b76a2cfddeed9aaeb1fe6ceabc&oe=5903F065)
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: PH on Fri, 2017-02-17, 23:19:01
That is of course fantastic news! Let's hope that the line-up is still the same because the last album was very very good!
So, there's no album title yet. But I'd probably buy it even when it's called "New Album".

I guess this can be either a concept album or a conceptual album, since the concept/conceptual cycle that started with "The Visitor" was broken with "The Unquiet Sky" (being a concept album).

Anyway, I hope there will be lots of guitar and keyboard solos. ;D Or even long(er) instrumental sections like the middle part of Solomon.
But I trust Clive, Mick and John and the rest. They've never made a bad album.
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Mon, 2017-04-03, 17:33:18
Newsletter from today:

ARENA
NEW ALBUM
We have started writing a new Arena album, we'll be sending out updates and videos from the studio as it all progresses this year.

VISITOR 20
We are currently planning a European tour for April / May 2018 to coincide with the 20th Anniversary of 'The Visitor'.  We'd love to visit some new venues if possible and would like to hear of any recommendations you may have.  Contact us at info@arenaband.co.uk and we'll see if we can make it work! (p.s - we can't promise anything!)

SHOP
You can get 20% off all orders through the Arena website in April, just use the code SPRING20 at the checkout to receive the discount.

---
MICK POINTER
Due to popular demand, The Mick Pointer Band is returning to Zoetermeer to play live at the Boerderij on Saturday April 22nd, visit http://cultuurpodiumboerderij.nl/en/programma/mick-pointer-friends/ for tickets and more info.


---
CLIVE NOLAN
"The Fire and the Quest 2", a mini festival celebrating the music of Clive Nolan, will take place at the Cheltenham Playhouse on September 1st and 2nd, 2017. The event will include a theatrical performance of Clive's Steampunk musical "Alchemy", an acoustic gig featuring Clive and his guests, and a grand premiere of Clive's new musical "King's Ransom" (soon to be released on CD). Tickets for the festival available at: http://shop.caamora.net/

http://www.kingsransomthemusical.com/


---
JOHN MITCHELL
John will release his second Lonely Robot album - The Big Dream - on April 28th, preceded by an Album Launch Show at Sub89, Reading on April 27th.  Visit http://johnmitchellhq.com for more info
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: PH on Tue, 2017-04-04, 17:06:54
Yes I also got that one!

ARENA
NEW ALBUM
We have started writing a new Arena album, we'll be sending out updates and videos from the studio as it all progresses this year.

Ah great! That's fantastic news! If it's half as good as "The Unquiet Sky" I will be very happy!
For some reason I have a feeling that they'll make another concept album, with a lot of Visitor influences. Wishful thinking perhaps? "The Unquiet Sky" was a lot like "Immortal?" to me. So let's hope they'll take it another step further (or back!) to their magnum opus.

VISITOR 20
We are currently planning a European tour for April / May 2018 to coincide with the 20th Anniversary of 'The Visitor'.  We'd love to visit some new venues if possible and would like to hear of any recommendations you may have.  Contact us at info@arenaband.co.uk and we'll see if we can make it work! (p.s - we can't promise anything!)

This is the reason why I think (hope) the next album will be like The Visitor. I'm going to send in "De Flint" again as a possible venue. But probably (like last time) it won't make it.

SHOP
You can get 20% off all orders through the Arena website in April, just use the code SPRING20 at the checkout to receive the discount.

That's nice! But I already have everything...

About the solo releases:
I'm not that interested in yet another Script tour to be honest. Perhaps Mick needs a new project because Arena and Script alone is not much... Perhaps he can team up with Paul Wrightson and John Jowitt and start another Arena side project. ;D Or is he still selling kitchens as well? What are Paul and John (and Ian) up to nowadays anyway?

I also need to get more into Clive's musicals. I still haven't watched the "She" dvd... I guess that's where I'll start.

John's new Lonely Robot album is auto-buy for me. "Please Come Home" didn't make it to my top ten list of 2015, but it really has grown on me since.
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: Teunis on Mon, 2017-07-31, 18:46:31
(http://www.arenaband.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Tour-Announcement-Online.jpg)

The venue in Zwolle, The Netherlands (Hedon) announced a gig on 4th of May. You can count me in *horns*. The whole 'The Visitor' album 8).
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: PH on Tue, 2017-08-01, 12:12:49
For some reason I have a feeling that they'll make another concept album, with a lot of Visitor influences. Wishful thinking perhaps? "The Unquiet Sky" was a lot like "Immortal?" to me. So let's hope they'll take it another step further (or back!) to their magnum opus.

This feeling is only getting bigger now that their calling their new album after one of the songs of "The Visitor".
My bet is on a sequel to "The Visitor". Really cool! 8)
Title: Re: Arena news
Post by: maddox on Tue, 2017-08-08, 18:40:44
(http://www.arenaband.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Tour-Announcement-Online.jpg)

The venue in Zwolle, The Netherlands (Hedon) announced a gig on 4th of May. You can count me in *horns*. The whole 'The Visitor' album 8).

You will probably see me there as well. ;)