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
3. Double Vision
4. A Crack in the Ice
6. How Did it Come to This?
7. The Butterfly Man
9. Bedlam Fayre
11. The Unquiet Sky
12. Traveller Beware
13. The City of Lanterns
14. Riding the Tide
15. The Hanging Tree
16. The Tinder Box
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