New sin­gle pays homage to loved ones who have been lost to ill­ness.

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Bri­tish prog rock­ers Arena have just re­leased their first ever pro­mo­tional video for their new sin­gle Poi­soned, which is taken from the band’s most re­cent al­bum Dou­ble Vi­sion.

Poi­soned, which came out on Oc­to­ber 26 on Ver­glas Mu­sic, tack­les the sub­ject of los­ing loved ones to ill­ness, specif­i­cally cancer. It was fur­ther in­spired by the sad pass­ing of Ian Bald­win, who had col­lab­o­rated on sev­eral mu­si­cal theatre projects with Arena found­ing mem­ber Clive Nolan.

“Poi­soned was writ­ten at a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult time for me,” ex­plains Nolan. “While I was putting the songs to­gether for the new Arena al­bum, I was very aware that a good friend of mine was dy­ing of cancer. There was some­thing so raw, present and in­escapable, it seemed ob­vi­ous to me that this had to be writ­ten about.

“In the first week of Jan­uary I told Ian that we were writ­ing a song that re­flected on him and oth­ers in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions, and he loved the idea. He said he re­ally wanted to hear it and I told him that should be fine, be­cause we hoped to have a ver­sion ready by early Fe­bru­ary. Sadly, he passed away be­fore Jan­uary was over.”

Arena will be in­sti­gat­ing a so­cial me­dia move­ment com­mem­o­rat­ing any­one they’ve lost who has been an im­por­tant part of their lives. Fans can join in with the #are­napoi­soned cam­paign by post­ing on so­cial me­dia with a pic­ture and name of some­one im­por­tant in their life who has passed on, us­ing the hash­tag #are­napoi­soned. These will be used in the forth­com­ing vinyl ver­sion of Dou­ble Vi­sion.

For more, visit www.aren­a­ JE


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