Halfway through the European 'Men Who Climb Mountains' tour, Clive comments on various aspects of touring:
Clive: On hardships of touring: “The hardest part of this tour has been the ill health! Most of us started it with colds and that left the energy levels a bit low. However this have improved as the days went by and the plague ship is clear now I think! :)”
On positive side of touring: “I usually sleep pretty well when the bus is moving - then we simply wake up at the next venue. Providing there is food, drink, a toilet and a shower - the day is set well.”
On favourite material: “I am enjoying playing the new stuff very much - strong songs and nice keyboard sounds. I guess my favourite track to play changes depending on the day... 'Indigo' is probably at the top of the list.
On stage costume: “I thought a bit of a steampunk image would be fun - the jacket and the hat seem to put that across well. The only problem is that these items are hot on stage - that's where the fan comes in - an industrial power fan helps to keep me cool. I also don't wear these items all the time. ;)”
On swivel keyboard stand: “I love this new stand - a two tier stand that revolves 360 degrees! It's a lot of fun to work with and really gives me a new freedom on stage.”
On the gigs so far: “For me the Katowice gig was a real highlight - I enjoyed that very much! To be fair I have enjoyed all these gigs so far. :)”
Clive is set to appear as a guest musician on the forthcoming release from UK purveyors of Medieval Space Rock, Gandalf’s Fist. Marking the first release by the band as a four-piece outfit, 'A Forest of Fey' follows the psychedelic, folk-tinged journey of a young girl trapped in malevolent woodland. Clive appears on 'Drifter on the Edge of time', a pivotal track in the concept, adding ambient synthesisers and a blistering outro solo. The album is set for release via Gandalf’s Fist official store and all digital retailers worth their weight in salt and also features contributions from fellow Arena sparring partner John Mitchell, Troy Donockley (Nightwish); Dave Oberlé (Gryphon) and instrumental guitarist Matt Stevens.
Clive: "It was a lot of fun adding some keyboards to the Gandalf's Fist music - a wonderful open landscape which gave me plenty of freedom!"
With less than a week left until the beginning of the long awaited "Man Who Climb Mountains" European Tour, the band and crew are busy with preparations and rehearsals. In Autumn 2014, Pendragon will visit 21 cities in 9 countries with a unique, inimitable show featuring old and new material and many surprises!
Clive: "The Pendragon tour is about to start. I have been knee deep in programming and preparation for the material we will be playing on tour. I can tell you there will be something for everyone! This is a great set with plenty of variety, and bags of energy. I hope you enjoy it. See you out there!"
Clive: "I am very happy to announce that the Caamora Theatre Company will be performing one extra "West End" production of 'Alchemy' in Devizes on December the 6th, 2014. This will give us an excellent opportunity to test out our "portable" version of the show as well as gather the team together one more time this year for a Christmas celebration. Hope to see you there!"
More about 'Alchemy' HERE
Arena have confirmed the news about the change in the band's line up. Due to time pressure and numerous commitments, earlier this year Arena parted ways with their bassist, John Jowitt. Clive's Caamora Theatre Company collaborator, Kylan Amos, has been announced as a new bassist to join the band! Watch out for the new album and the tour. More news coming soon!
Clive: "Arena are happy to welcome bassist Kylan Amos into the fold. Kylan appeared with the band at Leamington recently and gelled very well with the guys. He will play on the new album and you will see him in action on the next tour!"
More about Arena HERE