WITH ARENA (italian version)
by Giancarlo Bolther
Before recording "Immortal?" you changed your line-up once again; how much influence did this have on your morale and on the realisation of the new record?
It was a tough year! It's never an easy thing for a band to have line up changes, particularly two in such close proximity. Nevertheless, that didn't stifle the spirit of Arena, which I have always believed to be stronger than any one individual. It did change the writing team, which became me, Mick and John. However, I found this team to be an excellent combination. Our writing sessions were extremely productive.. The music just flowed.
What does this new record mean for you?
It means a continuation for Arena on the same path we set out on five years ago.
What is your idea of immortality?
We're not ready for it.
What are the religious, philosophical and scientific meanings that you would give to immortality?
Well, man has been trying to achieve immortality through these means. Be it, to become a God, or to be kept alive by science, or by his legacy in art. Some of these attempts are most certainly flawed, I would think.
Would you like to become an
Do you believe that the future
will be as dark as you have portrayed it in your new artwork?
What can you tell us about
your experience with Pendragon?
You are a very busy man! Can
you tell me about your many projects outside Arena?
Don't you find to be hard to
handle so many different projects? Does spreading yourself so thin
take away energy from each project?
In your sound I sense the influence
of Pendragon and Pink Floyd, how much do these bands inspire you?
Which bands do you like to
What do you think about the
new prog rock scene and how do you see yourselves fitting into it?
What does it mean for you to
play progressive music?
you be doing any concerts in Italy?