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15th November 2011


Last Thursday 10th November the Silesian Theatre in Katowice, Poland, once more became the most important place for prog-rock fans, due to special concerts played by three bands representing this particular kind of rock.

The concerts were special because Arena, Believe and Osada Vida were recording their own live DVDs. Their release is planned for the Spring/Summer of 2012 on Metal Mind Productions.

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The British band Arena visited Poland as part of the tour promoting their brand new album 'The Seventh Degree Of Separation'. The album's official release date is set for the 28th November and it opens a new chapter in the history of the band led since 1995 by two acclaimed musicians: Clive Nolan (Pendragon, Caamora, Shadowland) and Mick Pointer (ex-Marillion).

The new material was recorded with a new singer, Paul Manzi (Oliver Wakeman Band), the bassist John Jowitt, who returned to the band's line-up after a several year break, and the guitarist John Mitchell.

The show at the theatre in Katowice was enthusiastically received by Arena's fans. The band performed their brand new songs ('The Great Escape', 'The Seventh Degree Of Separation', 'Rapture', 'One Last Au Revoir', 'The Ghost Walks', 'What If?', 'Burning Down') as well as a selection of songs from their previous albums (including 'The Visitor', 'Solomon', 'Crying For Help VII', 'Ascension').

During the show in Katowice, Arena were accompanied by the bands Believe and Osada Vida.

The Warsaw band Belive performed mostly the material from their latest album 'World Is Round', which was released by Metal Mind Productions in the Autumn of the previous year.

Osada Vida is one of the most interesting Polish bands on the prog-rock scene. Their albums feature music that draws from the tradition of ambitious rock in the vein of Yes, Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation, and Riverside. Their discography includes three demos and three well received official releases: 'Three Seats Behind A Triangle' (2006/2007), 'The Body Parts Party' (2008), 'Uninvited Dreams' (2009).



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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