Arena (band)

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Arena
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Arena at "Baltic Prog Fest 2007" in Lithuania.
Background information
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Neo-progressive rock
Years active 1995–present
Labels Verglas Music, Griffin Music, SPV
Website Official website
Members Clive Nolan
Mick Pointer
John Jowitt
John Mitchell
Paul Manzi
Past members Keith More
John Carson
Cliff Orsi
Paul Wrightson
Ian Salmon
Rob Sowden

Arena are a British neo-progressive rock musical group.

History[edit]

Arena was founded in 1995 by Clive Nolan keyboardist of Pendragon and Shadowland, and Mick Pointer, the original drummer of Marillion, his tenure lasting from 1979 until 1983. The other founding members of the band were guitarist Keith More, vocalist John Carson, and bassist Cliff Orsi. Orsi was replaced by John Jowitt (of IQ) in the band's inaugural year, whilst Carson and More left the band in 1996 and 1997, and were replaced by Paul Wrightson and John Mitchell (of Frost*) respectively. Both Jowitt and Wrightson left the band in 1998, to be replaced by Ian Salmon and Rob Sowden, creating the band's most stable lineup to date (from 1998 until 2010). This lineup came to an end with Paul Manzi replacing Sowden in 2010. In 2011, Jowitt rejoined the band to replace the departing Salmon.

Most of the band's lyrics are written by Nolan, though Pointer contributed lyrics to Sirens and other tracks on the first two albums.

Musically the band's style ranges from symphonic to hard rock. Some of the band's recent albums have a similar sound to Nolan's earlier band, Shadowland.

Allmusic called them one of the dominant neo-prog groups of the 1990s. [1]

Personnel[edit]

Members[edit]

Lineups[edit]

1995 1995-1996 1996-1997 1997-1998
  • John Carson - vocals
  • Keith More - guitars, backing vocals
  • Clive Nolan - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Mick Pointer - drums, backing vocals
  • Cliff Orsi - bass
  • John Carson - vocals
  • Keith More - guitars, backing vocals
  • Clive Nolan - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Mick Pointer - drums, backing vocals
  • John Jowitt - bass, backing vocals
  • Keith More - guitars, backing vocals
  • Clive Nolan - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Mick Pointer - drums, backing vocals
  • John Jowitt - bass, backing vocals
  • Paul Wrightson - vocals
  • Clive Nolan - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Mick Pointer - drums, backing vocals
  • John Jowitt - bass, backing vocals
  • Paul Wrightson - vocals
  • John Mitchell - guitars
1998-2010 2010-2011 2011-present
  • Clive Nolan - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Mick Pointer - drums, backing vocals
  • John Mitchell - guitars
  • Ian Salmon - bass
  • Rob Sowden - vocals
  • Clive Nolan - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Mick Pointer - drums, backing vocals
  • John Mitchell - guitars
  • Ian Salmon - bass
  • Paul Manzi - vocals
  • Clive Nolan - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Mick Pointer - drums, backing vocals
  • John Mitchell - guitars
  • Paul Manzi - vocals
  • John Jowitt - bass, backing vocals

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Arena at "Baltic Prog Fest 2007" in Lithuania.

Studio[edit]

Live[edit]

  • Welcome to the Stage (1997)
  • Breakfast in Biarritz (2001)
  • Live & Life (2004)
  • Arena: Live (2013)

EP[edit]

  • Contagious (2003)
  • Contagium (2003)

Compilations[edit]

  • The Cry (1997)
  • Ten Years On (2006)

Videos/DVDs[edit]

  • Caught in the Act (2003) (live)
  • Smoke & Mirrors (2006) (live)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geoff Orens. "Arena Biography". Allmusic.com. 

External links[edit]