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Arena

With nearly as many lineup changes as one of their influences, Yes, Arena was one of the dominant neo-prog groups of the 1990s. A supergroupof sorts, Arena has featured former members of Marillion, Pendragon, IQ, and Shadowland.

Arena was formed in 1994 by Mick Pointer, the former drummer of Marillion, and Clive Nolan, the former keyboardist of Pendragon. The group wasrounded out by the addition of Cliff Orsi (bass), John Carson (vocals), and Keith Moore (guitars). Their first album, Songs From the Lions Cage(1995), was a strong neo-prog debut with aggressive playing that bro ...read more

With nearly as many lineup changes as one of their influences, Yes, Arena was one of the dominant neo-prog groups of the 1990s. A supergroupof sorts, Arena has featured former members of Marillion, Pendragon, IQ, and Shadowland.

Arena was formed in 1994 by Mick Pointer, the former drummer of Marillion, and Clive Nolan, the former keyboardist of Pendragon. The group wasrounded out by the addition of Cliff Orsi (bass), John Carson (vocals), and Keith Moore (guitars). Their first album, Songs From the Lions Cage(1995), was a strong neo-prog debut with aggressive playing that brought comparisons to Fish-era Marillion and contained lengthy tracks withlong guitar and moog solos. Carson was even compared by many to Fish. However, a planned tour was scratched after Carson left the group. Hewas promptly replaced by Paul Wrightson. More lineup changes followed as Orsi left the band and was replaced by the former bassist of IQ, JohnJowitt. Both Jowitt and Wrightson appeared on the group's next album, Pride (1996), which built upon the sound the band had begun on their firstalbum and saw them develop away from some of the Marillion influences. The mini-compilation Edits followed later that year and was comprised ofthe group's singles and a new eight-minute track. Moore then left the group and was replaced by John Mitchell, who instantly proved himself anable replacement on the 1997 mini-album, The Cry. Arena then embarked on a successful year-long tour that was captured on the live albumWelcome to the Stage (1997). A concept album, The Visitor (1998), found the band shortening their songs and told the story of a person whorecalls his life while suspended between life and death. Wrightson and Jowitt then left the group and were replaced by Rob Sowden and formerShadowland bassist Ian Salmon, respectively. Immortal? was released in 2000 and was a move in a darker direction for Arena. The live albumBreakfast in Biarritz followed in 2001. « hide

Similar Bands: Marillion, Pendragon, IQ, The Watch, Pallas

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2015

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2011

3.4
10 Votes
Pepper's Ghost
2005

3.6
14 Votes
Contagion
2003

3.9
19 Votes
Radiance
2003

3.5
5 Votes
Immortal?
2000

3.5
15 Votes
The Visitor
1998

3.9
27 Votes
Pride
1996

3.1
4 Votes
Songs From the Lion's Cage
1995

3.5
12 Votes
EPs
Contagious
2003

3
1 Votes
Contagium
2003

3.5
1 Votes
Edits
1996

2
1 Votes
Live Albums
Live & Life
2004

4.5
1 Votes
Breakfast In Biarritz
2001

4
1 Votes
Welcome To The Stage
1997

4
1 Votes
Compilations
Ten Years On 1995 - 2005
2006

4
1 Votes

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