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5 stars Opening Quote: This is my first review for Arena (my best band beside Dream Theater). I bought this DVD almost in the same time with IQ "Subterranea-The Concert" DVD. The case was identical. I wanted to have it although I had bought "Live & Life" CD. I was very satisfied to see them (I had compared it with "Live & Life" and although all songs are the same, but the show is different). "Ascension" is a good song, especially in the end of the song where you can hear John Mitchell's stunning guitar solo (one of the best solo guitar I've ever heard that you can't find in "Contagion", but you can find a better solo in "Live & Life!!!). Well, beside "Ascension", are there another fabulous guitar solo piece in the other songs? Don't worry, you'll find not only 1, or 2, or, 3, but more than 5!!! For example: "Painted Man", "Skin Game", "Serenity", The Hanging Tree", "The Butterfly Man", "Solomon", etc (by the way, that's the major reason why I love Arena!!!). One song that I always want to see but never be played yet is "The Visitor". It's wonderful if you can see John plays more than three minutes excellent guitar solo. However, I was still happy enough to see my other favorites (especially "Painted Man", "Skin Game", "The Hanging Tree", and "Solomon"). The other critics are about the audio and Rob Sowden's poor performance. The audio is not good enough, especially in "Witch Hunt". About Rob, I never love his voice and my dislike was added by everything he wore, from costumes until eyeglasses. Fortunately, John and Clive Nolan could show all their best. If you love an attractive solo guitar from the guitar legend such as Marillion's Steve Rothery and Pendragon's Nick Barrett, you'll find the better one in this band and this DVD can reflect it. All of the Prog fans have to get it. Closing Quote: Also try to buy "Live & Life" so you can find my favorite "Ascension" on the best way it was played!!!
Fernandi | 5/5 |


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