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NewEARS Album Of The Month

Arena - Double Vision

"After a couple of albums of more concise songs, the band is back with songs of epic scale. Arena has always been critical about their own compositions and the production. There are not many bands that can produce albums exempts of ordinary songs. "Double Vision" has seen the light after 1 year and a half of preparation. The first song has a dark intro and we can feel the epic style with symphonic passages. In the song "The Mirror Lies" we have a spacey Pink Floyd keyboard part of Clive that bright things up the straightforward first part of the song that ends nicely with some heavy guitars and a brief acoustic part. "Scars" brings some majestic keyboards lines and a long instrumental section. I am not sure if this song is a suite of "Crying for Help" because of the lyrics but it's a different atmosphere for sure. "Red Eyes" is a dark song with some of the heaviest stuff of the album where Clive is leading the way a while before stopping suddenly into a short calm ending. The song has some special vocals effect and a clear influence from the band Muse. "Poisoned" is a fine acoustic ballad to give a breather into this stormy music." rdtp-PA

"This band is back in great shape again. There is an extremely strong magnitude in the sonority of this new album Double Vision, giving notoriety to the production and the excellent execution of the work of all the members of the band. All of them completed their mission in a grandiose way, giving a strong structure to all the tracks found here. The album contains 7 tracks, the pearls of this album are The Legend Of Elijah Shade, which contains 22 minutes of pure subtlety and The Mirror Lies, around 7 minutes. Double Vision is not an album for progressive rock purists, as their strands are more routed to hard rock, but even those might not be disappointed with such musical quality, The boys are back in business and I think, this might be another landmark album, who knows? f71-PA

Essential Track: 'The Legend of Elijah Shade' - "how can [it] be an Arena album without an epic song at the end with countless tempo shifts, moods, and atmospheres where the intensity is always kept. Clive is going from the piano to the keys to finish in a pure Rick Wakeman style with the church organ." rdtp-PA



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New England Events

  • 2018-08-24
    Jean-Luc Ponty The Atlantic Years at The Cabot Theater - Beverly, MA at 08:00 PM
    $38.50 - $58.50

  • 2018-08-24
    Classic Albums Live: Dark Side of the Moon at Lowell Summer Music Series - Lowell, MA at 07:30 PM
    $31 - $81 (Premium)

  • 2018-08-25
    The Machine performs Pink Floyd at Blue Ocean Music Hall - Salisbury, MA at 08:00 PM
    $25 - $29

  • 2018-09-06
    Terry Bozzio - Reality Tour 2018 North America at Iron Horse - Northampton, MA at 07:00 PM
    $25 adv, $30 day of show

  • 2018-09-07
    Terry Bozzio - Reality Tour 2018 North America at City Winery - Boston, MA at 07:00 PM
    $15 - $22

  • 2018-09-08
    Terry Bozzio - Reality Tour 2018 North America at Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA at 08:00 PM
    $27 adv, $30 day of show

  • 2018-09-08
    Food & Floyd Fest - Music, Munchies & More! Featuring Gilmour's Breakfast at NARA Park - Acton, MA at 07:00 PM
    $15 at the gate

  • 2018-09-09
    Jethro Tull - 50th Anniversary Tour at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - Boston, MA at 07:30 PM
    $35 - $170 (VIP)

  • 2018-09-18
    Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live at Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, NH at 08:00 PM
    $45 - $65

  • 2018-09-19
    "Classic Deep Purple Live" performed by Glenn Hughes at The Wilbur - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $35 - $45

  • 2018-10-07
    Martin Barre Band at The Kate (Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center) - Old Saybrook, CT at 08:00 PM
    TBD

  • 2018-10-09
    Phil Collins Not Dead Yet, Live! tour at TD Garden - Boston, MA at 08:00 PM
    $54.50 - $279.50 (VIP)

  • 2018-10-10
    Martin Barre Band at River Music Club - Scituate, MA at 08:00 PM
    TBD

  • 2018-10-11
    Martin Barre Band at TCAN (The Center for the Arts in Natick) - Natick, MA at 08:00 PM
    $40 & 45

  • 2018-10-12
    Carl Palmers ELP Legacy: Emerson Lake & Palmer Lives On at Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT at 08:00 PM
    $45 - $95 (VIP)

  • 2018-10-16
    Martin Barre of Jethro Tull: Night 1 of 2, Full Band Acoustic at One Longfellow Square - Portland, ME at 08:00 PM
    $45 adv, $52 day of show

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    Featured Show:

    Jean-Luc Ponty
    The Atlantic Years
    August 24 - The Cabot, Beverly MA



    Jean-Luc Ponty is a pioneer and undisputed master of violin in the arena of jazz and rock. He is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary spin that has expanded the vocabulary of modern music.

    The Cosmic Messenger returns! For the first time since the mid-nineties, jazz/fusion violinist, Jean Luc Ponty will tour with members of the amazing electric band he toured and recorded with during the 80’s and 90’s. Once more replicating the ‘ahead of its time’ electronic sound he pioneered in the 70’s and 80’s, the Jean Luc Ponty electric band will hit the road in June 2017.

    Featuring Ponty band vets, Jamie Glaser (guitar), Keith Jones (bass), Rayford Griffin (drums) and Wally Minko (keyboards), the band will present the influential jazz fusion music that poured forth from classic works such as “Imaginary Voyage,” “Cosmic Messenger,” “Enigmatic Ocean” and many more of the most influential jazz fusion pieces that came from his string of successful Atlantic Records albums.

    Beginning well before his association with Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention and his participation in John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jean Luc Ponty began a “cosmic voyage” that brought him recognition as one of the most progressive, innovative influences of jazz fusion music in history.




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