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Title: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: cabo on Sun, 2007-12-30, 22:54:12
Just wondering, it is so quiet, no news, Clive post seldom. Mick is almost quiet, the others never post...

John states on the It bites page that " 2008 is going to be a massive year for It Bites", it seems that 2008 will be a busy year for Pendragon also, Mick  tours with Jesters....

So what is going on in the Arena world? Is the band on hold?
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: cabo on Sat, 2008-01-19, 23:15:41
Anyone? :)

Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Clive on Sun, 2008-01-20, 10:28:48
Right... The Arena 'on hold' period is coming to a close!
We have sat back a little for the last couple of years due to the need for a break, combined with the wish from various members of the band to pursue certain projects (For myself, the last two years have been consumed with the Caamora project). However, the plan was to get things going again this year... and that is still the plan!

We will be in tour in April, and these will be the last gigs we intend to do before making a new album.
There is now a concept for the new album, and some bits of material have been written. There are a few things to sort out and then our attention will revert to writing the Arena album.
Although there are no deadlines, I would like to think that much of the album will be written by the summer... then it will be time to record it! There is no release date planned at the moment, but that will come as the writing progresses.

Once the Arena machine grinds into action again, it won't be a question of 'a busy twelve months'... or 'a massive year'... it will be 'All about Arena for the next few years'.

Hope that answers the question..... Status - Active!!!
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Teunis on Sun, 2008-01-20, 11:08:50
Thanks Clive, that's the news we've been waiting for  *horns*.
Let's get active  ;) ;D.


 *ola*

Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Sun, 2008-01-20, 14:17:38
Yay! :)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: PH on Sun, 2008-01-20, 14:29:23
Hurray!!
Great news!

-Paco
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: maddox on Sun, 2008-01-20, 15:08:36
Active is good.  8)

Thanks for the update, Clive.  *horns*
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: johninblack on Sun, 2008-01-20, 19:38:41
That is good news. Given that the last few albums have been progressively heavier I'll be very interested in the direction this next one takes ;)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Mon, 2008-01-21, 07:18:02
Rob will grunt? ;D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: PH on Mon, 2008-01-21, 08:17:15
Rob will grunt? ;D
LOL

Yeah and Arena goes gothic and we will see Rob in a dress using his operatic voice!
Rob has learned DJ technics and we hear an interesting mix of rock, metal and progressive trance.
And ofcourse Rob has also learned the jigs and reels, so we can see him doing a little Irish dance on stage.

Rob Sowden, the man with as many impossibilities as possible! ;D

-Paco
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: cabo on Mon, 2008-01-21, 12:21:05
Thanx for the reply Clive!! Looking forward to the nest album :)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Mon, 2008-01-21, 13:41:06
Right... The Arena 'on hold' period is coming to a close!

Oh boy - how I've been waiting to hear this!! :)
(Not that I don't like all the other Arena-related projects, but Arena are still my favourite.)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Mon, 2008-01-21, 13:50:23
Rob will grunt? ;D

:o


Yeah and Arena goes gothic and we will see Rob in a dress using his operatic voice!
Now THAT sounds quite interesting to me - I like dark stuff!  ;D


Rob has learned DJ technics and we hear an interesting mix of rock, metal and progressive trance.
Trance??  :-\


And of course Rob has also learned the jigs and reels, so we can see him doing a little Irish dance on stage.
Yes! How about a sequel to 'Riverdance'?  *horns*   ;)



We will be in tour in April, and these will be the last gigs we intend to do before making a new album.
Hm. I guess that's good news... not to me, though, because it seems I can't go to those gigs.  :'(
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: PH on Mon, 2008-01-21, 15:11:30
Yes! How about a sequel to 'Riverdance'?  *horns*   ;)

Cooool! 8)

-Paco
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: maddox on Mon, 2008-01-21, 21:54:13
Rob will grunt? ;D

I most certainly hope not.  ;D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Tue, 2008-01-22, 12:09:47
Does this also mean Contagion The Max will be mixed/finished?
(http://csce.unl.edu/~jasato/experimental/images/PuppyEyes.jpg)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Tue, 2008-01-22, 12:33:42
 :D

If this picture doesn't do the trick, then nothing will!

But I guess chances for "Contagion - The Max" aren't too good... this is what 'relevant people' said when I asked:

Quote
Frankly I'd rather write a new album....

 :(

On the other hand - who of us would complain about a new Arena album?!? Certainly not me!!  ;D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Nicky007 on Tue, 2008-01-22, 13:56:52
Great, Appy  *horns*

Now all your nonsense is redeemed  8)

Nicky.
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Tue, 2008-01-22, 14:51:30
Tuh! Nonsense? Me?
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Nicky007 on Tue, 2008-01-22, 15:50:03
Tuh! Nonsense? Me?

Be content, Appy, we can use a bit of everything here in the Room. I'm the serious guy, and you're the funny guy  8)

Nicky.
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Tue, 2008-01-22, 17:02:09
... I'm the serious guy ...

Nicky.

Muahahahaha!!  :D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Tue, 2008-01-22, 22:18:12
Be content, Appy, we can use a bit of everything here in the Room. I'm the serious guy, and you're the funny guy  8)

Nicky.
Yes, seriously wacko :D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: ironcow2103 on Thu, 2008-01-24, 11:38:46
Given that the last few albums have been progressively heavier...

In light of this I have suggested to the organisers of ProgPower UK that they may care to check out Arena to provide some balance to their festival (which is a lot of fun and recommended to all). Given the reception Threshold got in 2006, I think arena would attract a lot of positive interest with a  heavier orientated set (that could be fun working that out!!)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Bupie on Thu, 2008-01-24, 14:31:43
In light of this I have suggested to the organisers of ProgPower UK that they may care to check out Arena to provide some balance to their festival (which is a lot of fun and recommended to all). Given the reception Threshold got in 2006, I think arena would attract a lot of positive interest with a  heavier orientated set (that could be fun working that out!!)

This would be a great idea !  May I suggest an "heavy" one hour long setlist ?

Witch Hunt
Smoke and Mirrors
Chosen
Painted Man
Spectre at the Feast
Enemy Without
Friday's Dream (for a little rest  ;))
Opera Fanatica
***
Crying for help VII
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: ironcow2103 on Thu, 2008-01-24, 23:39:25
May I suggest an "heavy" one hour long setlist ?

Well according to my rough and ready iTunes playlist you have about six miuntes spare so I've addded in Purgatory Road because that is great too...  :)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Bupie on Fri, 2008-01-25, 09:28:11
Well according to my rough and ready iTunes playlist you have about six miuntes spare so I've addded in Purgatory Road because that is great too...  :)

Actually, I was hoping for an extended version of Crying for Help to get to one hour...  ;)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Petrucci on Fri, 2008-03-14, 14:12:49
Hello everybody ! ;)

I am a big young French fan of Arena since the beginning (sorry for my English...). I have almost all CDs (but for example, I don't have "Ten years on", What's the news ?).

I think The Visitor is the best album, very homogeneous, very inspired musicians, not too short... I went to the gig of Arena in Lyon (Le Transbordeur) after The visitor had been released, it was great !

It's a very good idea to have a forum about Arena, and Clive Nolan participates a lot, even if the others members of the band don't.

However, I am disapointed by Arena because I thought that band could be a leader (a little like Dream Theater) but there is no activity, it seems that the band contents  "to live" only with its old albums (nothing for the last 3 years !).
Since Pepper's Ghost (or Immortal ?), I have the impression that Arena don't progress, and worse, regresses. I think the public of Arena is very reduce (and for the progressive in general), but how is it possible to grow if the band doesn't offer more than one new album during 6 years ?

Someone said to me that the progressive is sad, I don't think so. Dream Theater is a progressive band and has a big success thanks to an intensive activity, great AND varied albums. Today, Arena give me the impression of an old band while it's only about 10 years old !

I really hope Arena has a future and I wish Clive Nolan (and others) lot of inspiration for the next album ! ;)   
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Deenfan on Fri, 2008-03-14, 15:09:06
We can only hope. I think Arena beats all the "competition" in the song writing department, and they also have the power of magic.

I am in the sad situation that I feel DT has completely lost it, even though the last one included better songs than in a long while. Arena is probably not "flashy" enough to make it really big. Silent contemplation never got the mob going, to put it that way. ;)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Fri, 2008-03-14, 17:07:57
The difference between DT and Arena (I feel) is that Arena takes the time to make a good album. The're not satisfied with a "so so" product, they won't give us a new album that isn't the best they can do. Where as DT gives us a new album almost every year just to keep up their average.
If taking the time for an album will bring me a masterpiece instead of an album where I keep thinking "this could have been better, that could have been better" I'm willing to wait for it.

You also have to take in mind that Arena is a much smaller band than DT. Because they are more progressive they don't get as much attention as DT which has evolved into (prog.) metal, and thus has a bigger group of people it can target. Because they are bigger and get more monies, DT can invest more time into new albums.
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: The Butterfly Man on Fri, 2008-03-14, 18:28:16
DT gives us a new album almost every year just to keep up their average.

First: I think it's a bit harsh to say that DT releases albums just to 'keep up their average'.

Second: It is so not true! When you compare the 2 bands you'll find that Arena released 6 studio-albums in 13 years and that DT released 9 studio-albums in almost 23 years.

With these 'numbers' you'll see that Arena's average lies with a new album every 2 year whereas DT's average is 2,5 year...

Sorry to sound like some smarta$$ but I just think DT deserves more credit than you give them...

Tom


Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Bupie on Fri, 2008-03-14, 19:57:58
Hello everybody ! ;)

I am a big young French fan of Arena since the beginning (sorry for my English...).

Ah, un compatriote !  ;) Bon, je repasse à l'anglais ...

Are you a member of the French Your Majesty's forum ? Let us know about your musical tastes apart from DT.

Sorry to sound like some smarta$$ but I just think DT deserves more credit than you give them...

I join you here. I love both bands but obviously you can not compare their fame. DT is much more known worldwide but I think it's due in part to the fact that they attract a fringe of heavy metal audience that Arena's music is not apt to seduce.

And I think it's also honest to notice that people in Arena -at least Clive and John- are involved in a lot of projects and/or other bands, Clive being a key member of Pendragon and John of It Bites. That takes A LOT of time off from Arena. Of course, members of DT, especially Mike, have also side projects but to me, today, DT is a full time job when Arena is not.


Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Deenfan on Sat, 2008-03-15, 11:07:55
First: I think it's a bit harsh to say that DT releases albums just to 'keep up their average'.

Second: It is so not true! When you compare the 2 bands you'll find that Arena released 6 studio-albums in 13 years and that DT released 9 studio-albums in almost 23 years.

With these 'numbers' you'll see that Arena's average lies with a new album every 2 year whereas DT's average is 2,5 year...

Sorry to sound like some smarta$$ but I just think DT deserves more credit than you give them...

Tom


DT's first album came out in 1989. That is 19 years ago, maximum. The average point still holds true, though. But it feels (the word Appel used) like DT comes along with another product (with a deliberate new direction) all the time. But even so, I'm not sure they are able to make a truly magnificent album any more no matter how much time they spend on it. :-\
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Nicky007 on Sat, 2008-03-15, 11:22:50
I couldnt disagree more with you, Appy and Deenie  :)

I love Arena music, period !  However, for me, DT have settled at the absolute top, beyond all competition, the greatest rock group since Pink Floyd's Meddle to Final Cut period. All DT albums from Images on are masterpieces, and DT are simply getting better and better, increasingly varied and striking in their expression  *horns*

You can listen to a DT album a million times, and the million and first time, you'l still be hearing new things and having new experiences.

Nicky.
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: PH on Sat, 2008-03-15, 11:49:47
Conclusion: it's personal.
I'm a bit between. I love Dream Theater's music (and Arena's music) but I also agree that they seem to be on automatic pilot. They've got a machine, you put something in it, and a song comes out. It seems to work most of the time, but Dream Theater has a system to write their songs. That's not bad per se.
And they make something I'd like to call "muscle music" in which the music is in service of the solo spots. (Which I really like by the way!)
With Arena it's more organic... I don't know how to explain. But this is how I feel it. Their music is a "whole", the solos are in service of the music.

Besides, Arena and Dream Theater are totally different. Different moods, different take on the instrumentation, different view on life, different stage presence, different fanbase and different way of communicating with this fanbase.

Two bands, you cannot compare... And some like the one and hate the other, and some like them both in different ways.


-Paco
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Sat, 2008-03-15, 12:57:17
You also have to take in mind that Arena is a much smaller band than DT. Because they are more progressive they don't get as much attention as DT which has evolved into (prog.) metal, and thus has a bigger group of people it can target. Because they are bigger and get more monies, DT can invest more time into new albums.

Hmmm... so you're saying if Arena were more 'metal', the band would get more fans?!  :o
(Which, by the way, would be fine by me - both the 'reaching more fans' and the 'more metal'!  ;D
But mind you - I'm not suggesting Arena should turn into a metal band...!)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Petrucci on Sat, 2008-03-15, 13:34:58
I don’t say that DT is a model. The last two albums are not so good and for example Petrucci himself told he’s not as well inspirated as before.
When I speak about Arena, it’s not nasty critics, but only regrets.
And what I regret it’s a lack of ambition from the band:
-The members are involved in a lot of projects, and it seems that Arena is not a priority for most of members. Actually, Arena isn’t a full time job for most of members. A few months ago I was afraid Arena disappears.
-I have the impression that the sound doesn’t really evoluate, DT has made lots of varied albums and it’s allows a progression, a renewal, and to attract new fans.
Also, if I think  to release one CD by year is a weakness for the quality of CDs of DT; to release a CD 3 years after the last is not necessarily a strength for Arena because lots of members make others things during this time in others bands.



Are you a member of the French Your Majesty's forum ? Let us know about your musical tastes apart from DT.


No, I am not ! But I have got all fanzines since the beginning until 3 years ago.
My tastes are not very varied... I can say that I like only Arena, DT and maybe Pendragon. There are lots of others bands that I appreciate but I don’t like all that they have made: Frost, Saga, Magellan, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple...
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: PH on Sat, 2008-03-15, 13:38:47
Hmmm... so you're saying if Arena were more 'metal', the band would get more fans?!  :o

I think that's true. It's only logical!
"Prog" is not exactly loved amongst the majority. But there are large groups of metal heads. When you combine these two (Prog metal) you capture both styles and, therefore, both fans.
(You see this very strongly with Opeth. It's 100% metal, but also 100% progressive. Although the grunting could make that a few proggers walk away from it.)
But the question is, do we want that?
I want Arena to be just the way it is: progressive 'thinking' rock. ;)
I'm not sure whether the label 'metal' would suit Arena. Of course they evolved into a bit hard-edged prog, but it shouldn't get much heavier, in my humble opinion.
For the heavier moods we have Dream Theater or Opeth and the likes. Although I don't think of Dream Theater as a heavy metal band... They are different.


-Paco
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Peter on Sat, 2008-03-15, 15:24:14
What was this thread all about? And in what section was it again? ...
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Sat, 2008-03-15, 16:00:21
 :-[
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: PH on Sat, 2008-03-15, 16:50:16
What was this thread all about? And in what section was it again? ...

Sorry, you're right... I'm sorry sir...

Where did it go wrong?
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Nicky007 on Sat, 2008-03-15, 19:56:13
I'm a bit between. I love Dream Theater's music (and Arena's music) but I also agree that they seem to be on automatic pilot. They've got a machine, you put something in it, and a song comes out. It seems to work most of the time, but Dream Theater has a system to write their songs. That's not bad per se.
And they make something I'd like to call "muscle music" in which the music is in service of the solo spots. (Which I really like by the way!)

Paco, I simply can't believe that you'v written this  :'(

There's soooo much soul and yearning in the music of DT, man - have we been listening to the same group ?  You call Ministry and Forsaken "muscle music" ?  These are some of the most introspective and soul-searching songs I'v ever heard.

Seems to be a common notion that soul and technical ability are complementary (the more you have of one, the less you have of the other). I find this a total misconception !

Nicky.
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: PH on Sat, 2008-03-15, 20:12:56
Paco, I simply can't believe that you'v written this  :'(
I wrote it, and I mean it. But for me that doesn't mean that they're bad. I really like muscle music. Especially Dream Theater's muscle music. Gives me adrenaline. ;)

And they indeed have a couple of songs with soul.
And Arena has some muscle songs too.
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: cabo on Tue, 2008-03-18, 18:49:03
What was this thread all about? And in what section was it again? ...

It seems like all other progbands in the UK is recording excerpt Arena :(

Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Tue, 2008-03-18, 20:49:56
It seems like all other progbands in the UK is recording excerpt Arena :(

Well, Arena started writing the new album - that's rather good news!  :)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Wed, 2008-03-19, 11:56:51
First: I think it's a bit harsh to say that DT releases albums just to 'keep up their average'.

Second: It is so not true! When you compare the 2 bands you'll find that Arena released 6 studio-albums in 13 years and that DT released 9 studio-albums in almost 23 years.

With these 'numbers' you'll see that Arena's average lies with a new album every 2 year whereas DT's average is 2,5 year...

Sorry to sound like some smarta$$ but I just think DT deserves more credit than you give them...

Tom
I should have said that I also include their live-albums, they have quite a few. But even then you could be right :-[  But let's talk about Arena again :P
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Deenfan on Wed, 2008-03-19, 12:06:09
 :D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: cabo on Wed, 2008-03-19, 17:23:47
Well, Arena started writing the new album - that's rather good news!  :)

Yeah, because Arena is really good music!!! One album album each year!! :)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Wed, 2008-03-19, 17:30:10
Well, Arena started writing the new album - that's rather good news!  :)
Das ist himmlisch! :)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Deenfan on Wed, 2008-03-19, 18:06:46
Draagvleugelboot
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: maddox on Wed, 2008-03-19, 19:41:31
Draagvleugelboot

 ;D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Wed, 2008-03-19, 20:46:56
Draagvleugelboot
Anybody here speaking Viking?!  :o

 ;)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Wed, 2008-03-19, 20:49:36
If Viking is Dutch, I do ;) It's the dutch word for hovercraft  *horns*

Apple the Viking Moose
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Wed, 2008-03-19, 20:52:51
Dunno if Viking is Dutch (I'd rather say it's Norwegian or Swedish - or where did the Vikings originally come from?), but I guess Dutch will do. In German I think it's Tragflächenboot - so for once with your funny Dutch words, this one I could have guessed...
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Wed, 2008-03-19, 20:56:48
Oh, but dutch is very simular to deutsch ;)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Wed, 2008-03-19, 20:58:33
When I read it - yes. When I hear it spoken - not so much...  ;)  But still close enough to German for me to understand that my flight back home last Wednesday (with KLM via Amsterdam) was cancelled and I had to be booked to another flight!
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Wed, 2008-03-19, 20:59:34
Merde! (Since KLM is french now >:()
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Wed, 2008-03-19, 21:02:58
Merde indeed! Et nous sommes très "off-topic" de nouveau...  ;D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Wed, 2008-03-19, 21:06:58
¿Que?
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Wed, 2008-03-19, 21:08:17
I just said that we're a bit off-topic...
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Wed, 2008-03-19, 21:11:06
Poquito :D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Wed, 2008-03-19, 21:12:49
Maybe we should switch to Spanish so Peter doesn't realize when we go off-topic!  ;)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Wed, 2008-03-19, 21:16:49
Unfortunately, that was just about all the spanish I speak :D I do understand most of it when hearing it being spoken though. Benefits of a colombian sister-in-law I guess :)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Wed, 2008-03-19, 21:22:37
 :-\  So we can't fool the Cap?
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Wed, 2008-03-19, 21:24:50
We have to distract him some way...


http://64.246.26.61/flash/bubbles.swf Peter, play this for a while. It's not addictive AT ALL, honoust! :)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Wed, 2008-03-19, 21:28:29
 :D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: maddox on Wed, 2008-03-19, 21:46:40
 ;D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: PH on Wed, 2008-03-19, 21:47:37
Poquito :D

The gorilla?
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Thu, 2008-03-20, 07:08:15
No, that would be Kong ;)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Nicky007 on Thu, 2008-03-20, 09:01:12
Anybody here speaking Viking?!  :o

 ;)

Well, if you can accept a vegetarian Viking who doesnt rape women, Bluey, and this would be a southern Viking here ....

Probably Deenie is a better choice for a Viking. He lives in the Viking heartland and mainly bangs drums, but he could prob do women too  ;D

Nicky.
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Thu, 2008-03-20, 20:46:53
a vegetarian Viking who doesnt rape women
Well, THAT is per definitionem definitely NOT a Viking!!

Probably Deenie is a better choice for a Viking. He lives in the Viking heartland and mainly bangs drums, but he could prob do women too  ;D
Mmm... do you think he wears a helmet with horns and a fur tunic too?  ;)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Thu, 2008-03-20, 21:17:16
I know a skeleton that wore a cape and such a helmet 8)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Deenfan on Thu, 2008-03-20, 23:08:42
All this talk about vikings and helmets brings to mind this magnificent statement from the wonderful Captain BlackAdder:

"A war has not been fought this badly since Olaf the Hairy, High Chief of all the Vikings, accidentally ordered 80,000 battle helmets with the horns on the inside!"

 :D


As for the other issue, I have to eat meat, but I don't have to rape women... ;)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Manatee on Fri, 2008-03-21, 05:52:33
All this talk about vikings and helmets brings to mind this magnificent statement from the wonderful Captain BlackAdder:

"A war has not been fought this badly since Olaf the Hairy, High Chief of all the Vikings, accidentally ordered 80,000 battle helmets with the horns on the inside!"

*horns*  After a solid week of me not understanding a word that was said on the forum, I just felt the need to applaud the use of a BlackAdder quote.  Bravo.
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: PH on Fri, 2008-03-21, 09:37:03
*horns*  After a solid week of me not understanding a word that was said on the forum, I just felt the need to applaud the use of a BlackAdder quote.  Bravo.

:-[

Manatee, if you have no idea what we're on about, you can simply stop us by making a brilliant ontopic post!
I'm sorry to hear that you got a bit put off by our foolishness... (am I right?)
Perhaps we need to try not to go off topic... But then it's always fun to make a joke and, what a surprise, there we go again...
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Deenfan on Fri, 2008-03-21, 13:34:58
The man has obviously got a weak spot for intelligent foolishness. HAIL!! ;D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Manatee on Fri, 2008-03-21, 18:32:25
:-[

Manatee, if you have no idea what we're on about, you can simply stop us by making a brilliant ontopic post!
I'm sorry to hear that you got a bit put off by our foolishness... (am I right?)
Perhaps we need to try not to go off topic... But then it's always fun to make a joke and, what a surprise, there we go again...

Not to worry, Paco.  Although not everything being discussed was my cup of tea, there's absolutely no need for it to be.  We're all different people.  Mostly I was just kidding too, plus I'm always happy to find another BlackAdder fan since I think that's some of the funniest stuff ever.  :)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Deenfan on Sat, 2008-03-22, 14:38:30
You are about as right as a particularly right person with a special reason to be right! ;D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Sat, 2008-03-22, 16:24:34
All this talk about vikings and helmets brings to mind this magnificent statement from the wonderful Captain BlackAdder:

"A war has not been fought this badly since Olaf the Hairy, High Chief of all the Vikings, accidentally ordered 80,000 battle helmets with the horns on the inside!"
 :D
That's a good one!  :D
And it reminds me that I have several new DVDs with loads and loads of Black Adder that I haven't had the time to watch yet... (shame on me!)

As for the other issue, I have to eat meat, but I don't have to rape women... ;)
Well, I guess nobody has to do that, but it still happens...
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Deenfan on Sun, 2008-03-23, 11:45:27
Have you seen men ?

Some of them have to... ;D

 :-\
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: debsss on Fri, 2008-04-04, 09:56:46
He guys it's been a long while since I wrote something down here... Damn haven't got enough time to start up my computer  :'(
But is there someone who I can expect Tonight at the concert in Ittervoort at the Springfestival? *horns*
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Fri, 2008-04-04, 11:55:19
To far away for a public transport depended bloke like myself :'(
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: debsss on Fri, 2008-04-04, 12:48:45
so what?? hahaha if it needs for me to drive 3or 4 hours i would still go....
But it's easy to say for me now... for me it's only a 20 minutes drive  ;D  LOL
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: maddox on Fri, 2008-04-04, 15:55:41
He guys it's been a long while since I wrote something down here... Damn haven't got enough time to start up my computer  :'(
But is there someone who I can expect Tonight at the concert in Ittervoort at the Springfestival? *horns*

Hey hey, look who we got here.

Hi there, Debsss. It's been a while.  :D

Well unfortunately i'm not able to make it.  :'(
Really wanted to go and there was no reason why i wouldn't go.
Until something unexpected happened.  :'(

But i hope you lot have lots of fun out there.  *horns*
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Sun, 2008-04-06, 16:45:32
Man, I can't believe it! For me, it's a 4 hours drive to Ittervoort - and I was there on Friday! For you Dutch guys, it's kind of 'just 'round the corner' - and who of you was there!? ::)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: PH on Sun, 2008-04-06, 18:25:15
Man, I can't believe it! For me, it's a 4 hours drive to Ittervoort - and I was there on Friday! For you Dutch guys, it's kind of 'just 'round the corner' - and who of you was there!? ::)

Ahhh you have a car!
I have to trust public transport... and you know what? It can't be trusted...


-Paco
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Sun, 2008-04-06, 21:31:26
Man, I can't believe it! For me, it's a 4 hours drive to Ittervoort - and I was there on Friday! For you Dutch guys, it's kind of 'just 'round the corner' - and who of you was there!? ::)
Same as paco :-\

If they performed at a bigger city, there would have been a change of me being there, since then there would still be trains going back to Enschede. Otherwise I would actually have to get a hotel, and that's just a bit too expensive for me :-\ I'm very sorry to have missed you though :(
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: keyboardistmatt on Mon, 2008-04-07, 00:49:39
Right... The Arena 'on hold' period is coming to a close!

Wooooooo!

Quote
We have sat back a little for the last couple of years due to the need for a break, combined with the wish from various members of the band to pursue certain projects (For myself, the last two years have been consumed with the Caamora project). However, the plan was to get things going again this year... and that is still the plan!

Excellent!! (in the style of Montgomery Burns)

Quote
We will be in tour in April, and these will be the last gigs we intend to do before making a new album.
There is now a concept for the new album, and some bits of material have been written. There are a few things to sort out and then our attention will revert to writing the Arena album.
Although there are no deadlines, I would like to think that much of the album will be written by the summer... then it will be time to record it! There is no release date planned at the moment, but that will come as the writing progresses.

Once the Arena machine grinds into action again, it won't be a question of 'a busy twelve months'... or 'a massive year'... it will be 'All about Arena for the next few years'.

Hope that answers the question..... Status - Active!!!

 *horns* *horns* *horns* *horns* *horns*
 *ola* *ola*

See here:-  http://shattered-room.net/index.php?topic=655.0 (http://shattered-room.net/index.php?topic=655.0)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: debsss on Mon, 2008-04-07, 11:29:57
So monday again after a heavy weekend..... :-[ But thinking of last friday, my whole day lights up!
Man i'm glad i went to Ittervoort!Every time i come home after a concert from ArenA, I'm very relaxed! Feels good to see so many people around you enjoying the music so much!!! Looking forward allready for the next concert!!! *horns* *horns* *horns*
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: maddox on Mon, 2008-04-07, 16:32:30

Looking forward allready for the next concert!!! *horns* *horns* *horns*


[size=05pt]Can't make any promises but...[/size]

Me too.  ;D

Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Tue, 2008-04-08, 21:03:33
... Otherwise I would actually have to get a hotel, and that's just a bit too expensive for me :-\
Well, that's just what I did (and if I had booked in time it would've been even cheaper), so that's not an excuse!  ;)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: dépé on Tue, 2008-04-08, 21:11:57
Well, that's just what I did (and if I had booked in time it would've been even cheaper), so that's not an excuse!  ;)

Yes, but you didn't have money anymore to buy some food  ;)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Tue, 2008-04-08, 21:26:11
Yes, but you didn't have money anymore to buy some food  ;)
I did! I just didn't want to go to dinner all alone...
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Tue, 2008-04-08, 21:27:26
Awww :(
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: PH on Tue, 2008-04-08, 22:04:58
Well, that's just what I did (and if I had booked in time it would've been even cheaper), so that's not an excuse!  ;)

Yeah, but you have a job...
And I don't...

And school just sucks my wallet dry, so I have to search for a job, but then again, I'm too busy with school...
Help... :(

-Paco
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Tue, 2008-04-08, 22:08:16
Well, the room I rented had 4 beds... so next time Arena play in Ittervoort I'll give you the address of the hotel and the room number and you can have a fan meet there!  ;)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Tue, 2008-04-08, 22:09:00
Slumber party! :)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: maddox on Wed, 2008-04-09, 16:37:43
I feel i must warn you, Blue.

I snore.  :P
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Wed, 2008-04-09, 16:46:53
I feel i must warm you, Blue.
:o
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: maddox on Wed, 2008-04-09, 17:15:57
:o

Not entirely what i meant with this reply, Appel.  ;) :P
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Wed, 2008-04-09, 18:14:33
Sorry, it was a too good opportunity to pass up ;D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Thu, 2008-04-10, 13:10:18
I feel i must warn you, Blue.

I snore.  :P
Read my post again, Mad... I didn't say I would be there...!  ;)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Appelmoes?? on Thu, 2008-04-10, 16:43:01
But then it would be so much less fun :(
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: maddox on Thu, 2008-04-10, 19:20:20
Read my post again, Mad... I didn't say I would be there...!  ;)

 :o

 :'(

 ;)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Bupie on Fri, 2008-04-11, 11:51:23
:o

 :'(

 ;)

She's waiting for you to post a REAL picture of you in the dedicated topic first, Mad  ;)

Yes, I know, I didn't put mine neither but I will ...
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Peter on Fri, 2008-04-11, 13:10:45
Last night, John Mitchell played the first three chords of the second track of the forthcoming album. Wow :P
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: PH on Fri, 2008-04-11, 13:19:50
Last night, John Mitchell played the first three chords of the second track of the forthcoming album. Wow :P

Cool... How did it sound?

-Paco
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: maddox on Fri, 2008-04-11, 18:35:29
Cool... How did it sound?

-Paco

Or even better, what was it called?  :D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Deenfan on Fri, 2008-04-11, 19:13:54
Probably "Chords from the Band's Guitar"...
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: PH on Fri, 2008-04-11, 19:43:31
Or perhaps "The First Three Chords" from the album "The Second Track Of The Forthcoming"
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Deenfan on Fri, 2008-04-11, 21:39:50
 :D We've got to stop...
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bluepony on Sat, 2008-04-12, 16:56:09
Last night, John Mitchell played the first three chords of the second track of the forthcoming album. Wow :P
All I can say is:  :D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: keyboardistmatt on Tue, 2008-04-15, 08:57:24
At their show in Reading John played the first little bit of "Sorrow" by Pink Floyd.
This was just before Crying for help when one of the others said "Give us a note, John" for those that missed it!  ;)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: intruder on Tue, 2008-04-15, 22:44:22
This is good news indeed. Hopefully we should see a new album before the years out. Can't wait, looks like its going to be a good year after all. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. :)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: cabo on Sun, 2008-08-03, 22:06:16
any more news on the status of the new album
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: PH on Sat, 2008-08-16, 17:14:32
any more news on the status of the new album

Really? Well, what are you waiting for then?
Tell us!


;)

-Paco
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: cabo on Thu, 2008-08-21, 22:12:28
i want a release date :)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: Steve Jones on Fri, 2008-08-22, 09:24:29
i want a release date :)

19 August 2008.  (Gary Glitter)  ;D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: maddox on Fri, 2008-08-22, 09:37:23
19 August 2008.  (Gary Glitter)  ;D


 ::)

 ;D
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: musicman on Sat, 2008-11-08, 07:59:31
Hello Arena,

Today i listend to your music for the very first time.
I find it realy amazing , your in the footsteps from Pink Floyd , Marrilion , Genesis.
I would like to see your touring again.
Are you still making music?
Is the a new album comming up?
I can't find nothing about.
Please don't stop this kind of music.
Your music is realy GREAT so go on.

Kind Regards

Marty Janssen
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: endlessdream83 on Mon, 2008-12-22, 11:47:05
I'm going to hazard a guess that, given how busy everyone is (Rob with his family, Clive with Pendragon/She/Shadowland, John with It Bites and Frost, and Mick and Ian with the Script touring), Arena is on hold a while longer yet.

As long as the band doesn't die a slow death due to inactivity, I'm okay with it, although I do miss hearing new stuff! It's funny I can still remember hearing Pepper's Ghost when it was new, hard to believe that was about four years ago!
Glad that all of the guys in the band are keeping busy and seem to be doing well, though. :)
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: johninblack on Mon, 2008-12-22, 12:52:11
It's funny I can still remember hearing Pepper's Ghost when it was new, hard to believe that was about four years ago!

Don't! Where has all the time gone. It really doesn't seem anything like that long.
Title: Re: What is the status in Arena?
Post by: bellanova on Tue, 2008-12-23, 11:13:09
Wow! Have i really had those T shirts for so long!! Lol