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Arena news
« 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
Visit Arena website: http://www.arenaband.co.uk/
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Re: Arena news
« Reply #1 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.  :)
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Re: Arena news
« Reply #2 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/


An interesting collection, but as far as I know, 'Ascension' is the last track on 'Contagion'  ::)
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Re: Arena news
« Reply #3 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?
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Re: Arena news
« Reply #4 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!"
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Re: Arena news
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 2014-02-07, 01:28:29 »
This'll be good.

I feel sure that on here, the updates will be thorough.  :)
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Re: Arena news
« Reply #6 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)
 
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Re: Arena news
« Reply #7 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... :(

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Re: Arena news
« Reply #8 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...
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Re: Arena news
« Reply #9 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.
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Re: Arena news
« Reply #10 on: Mon, 2014-05-26, 02:11:16 »
I'm very excited by this.  :)
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Re: Arena news
« Reply #11 on: Thu, 2014-06-19, 18:48:42 »
The website is refurbished. Looks great 8). Warning: contains scary video ;). I'd say: bring on the new album *horns*.
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Re: Arena news
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 2014-07-03, 08:18:15 »
Cool! New website!

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Re: Arena news
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 2014-07-03, 10:17:30 »
So it seems that the new album will be called "The Unquiet Sky". Sounds great!

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Re: Arena news
« Reply #14 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.

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Re: Arena news
« Reply #15 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 ::)

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Re: Arena news
« Reply #16 on: Thu, 2014-07-03, 16:47:18 »
Ok... I guess if they actually want to write a bad album, they propbably would succeed.

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« Reply #17 on: Thu, 2014-07-03, 17:01:01 »
You don't really need to make a fool of yourself, Paxi :P

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Re: Arena news
« Reply #18 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.
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Re: Arena news
« Reply #19 on: Sun, 2014-07-06, 15:49:42 »
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Re: Arena news
« Reply #20 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.
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Re: Arena news
« Reply #21 on: Thu, 2014-07-24, 20:25:07 »
Noooooooooo... :'(

In that case I hope they bring Ian back. :)

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Re: Arena news
« Reply #22 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?  ;)
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Re: Arena news
« Reply #23 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 ;).
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Re: Arena news
« Reply #24 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!
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