In May 2019 Magenta celebrated their 20th anniversary by performing to a sold-out audience at the Arlington Arts Centre in Newbury, England. The band was able to take full advantage of the state-of-the-art concert facility and with the addition of specially created projections, live actors and theatrical props. It was an evening that everyone in attendance will never forget.
The performance featured songs from all seven of Magenta’s studio albums including favorites The White Witch, Red, Gluttony and a 48-minute section of the 2006 album Home. The band was augmented by flute, oboe and orchestral percussion, along with guest appearances by Peter Jones (Tiger Moth Tales / Camel) and David Longdon from Big Big Train, who performed Steve Hackett’s Spectral Morning’.
Rob Reed reflects on 20 years of the band:
«I can’t believe it has been 20 years since the beginning of Magenta. Back in 1999 I was in the process of making the fourth Cyan album and Christina Booth and I had just called it quits with our pop outfit Trippa. I just tried a section of the new Cyan material with her singing and I knew instantly we had something special and that it had to be a new band; Magenta and the album ‘Revolutions’ were born. The rest, as they say, is history».
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1uQfuCX-kUVocalist Christina Booth:
«20 years have passed since Rob Reed asked me if I’d like to get involved in a ‘studio’ project called Magenta and record an album that ended up being ‘Revolutions’. Little did I know that more than 20 years later I would still be fronting Magenta and looking back on what has been an amazing part of my life. The Newbury gig nearly didn’t happen when I came down with a chest infection but luckily it went ahead and here it is, so I hope you enjoy it. We give our all when we perform live and I’m privileged to work with such talented musicians who are also very good friends».
Guitarist Chris Fry:
«The music has taken us on many journeys around the globe and without it there are experiences that would never have happened. For this, I will always be grateful. We have used various concepts; acoustic renditions, reworking’s and additional orchestrations, which have always been a joy to be part of and make up a Magenta gig and the 20th anniversary show was an opportunity to bring all those ideas to one concert and lots more. Thanks as always to all the fans who have always been amazing and part of Magenta for the past 20 years! It’s always a blast! ».
This release consists of two DVDs and two CDs featuring the 140-minute concert in its entirety. Angles and Damned will be released by Tigermoth Records on May 28th 2021.