The eighth Arena studio album will be released on March 19, 2015. The release date will coincide with the first day of the band's 20th Anniversary Tour including concert dates in most European countries. The work on the new album is in full swing and much of the material is now ready to be revealed... Clive uncovers some secrets behind 'The Unquiet Sky'.
Clive: “I had decided to base the album on a short horror story by M.R. James called 'Casting the Runes' - some people may have seen the old 1957 film version called 'Night of the Demon'. We were looking for an album title and John suggested 'The Unquiet Sky' even though he was unaware of my concept idea - as far as I was concerned, it fitted the mood I had in mind for the album - job done!” :)
Clive: "So here we are again... Christmas seems to roll around faster every year, but then I reckon things get busier every year! I just wanted to take this chance to wish everyone I know (and those I don't) a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Next year will be even busier I think, with the release of a new Arena album, followed by a major tour, and more 'Alchemy' shows, as well as the 'Fire and the Quest' event in September. There will also be more from Pendragon... busy indeed ;)
I hope to see many of you over the future months... to see old friends again, and to make new ones.
Tiny Tim put it best... 'God bless us, everyone!'" ;)
The Caamora Theatre Company is now back from a very satisfying weekend in Germany. 'Alchemy in Concert', performed on November 29th in Reichenbach, turned out to be a huge success as well as a pleasurable experience. Clive's musical was received with great enthusiasm by the cheering audience gathered in the nearly sold out Neuberinhaus Theatre.
Clive: "What an excellent weekend! An epic journey to Reichenbach, followed by a terrific evening of 'Alchemy' in front of our biggest audience to date! A brilliant performance by the whole cast and band (well done guys), was received with such warmth and enthusiasm by the wonderful German audience, all rounded off with a standing ovation and getting to meet many many smiling faces after the show. We finished the show, and all left the stage and I went backstage to change some clothes and sort a few things out... I was then sitting down having a well earned drink when someone pointed out that the audience was still clapping and cheering... Couldn't believe it! Massive 'thank yous' to Uwe Treitinger and all the guys behind the show. It was a triumph!"
On November 12, 2014 Clive was a guest of honour at the 20th anniversary of Artur Chachlowski's MLWZ show broadcast live from KRK Radio in Krakow, Poland. The three-hour-long show featured songs from Arena, Pendragon and Clive's musicals complemented by comments and reminiscences of history and long-time collaboration between Clive and MLWZ.
Clive: "I have known Artur Chachlowski for a long time now, and it was a great pleasure to attend the 20th anniversary MLWZ show! I remember posing with Artur for a photo, when we were still building Thin Ice Studio here. We had yet to make so many albums along the way. Each album we made, whether Arena, or Pendragon or Shadowland or 'She' or 'Alchemy', he has been there supporting and promoting our music and our passion. Throughout these years, there has always been Artur Chachlowski… May he and his radio show continue forever!"
Clive reveals details of the freshly announced anniversary festival, 'The Fire and the Quest', which offers an opportunity to experience three unique musical events in one weekend.
Clive: "I thought it would be great to return to the Cheltenham Playhouse with some kind of production and I was also considering putting together a new production of 'She' - in the same style we have now done 'Alchemy'. I then thought it might be both a challenge and fun to produce both shows back to back - and that is how the event was born. This is also a wonderful opportunity for two celebrations in fact: the 10th anniversary of The Caamora Theatre Company and the journey of the musicals as well as the 75th anniversary of the Playhouse Theatre itself. Surely a perfect excuse to celebrate ;)"