Coheed and Cambria
Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV (NeverenderGAIBSIV) Tour 2017
Coheed and Cambria is an American band formed in 1995 from Nyack, New York. Their style of music is a mixture of progressive rock and alternative metal. At most shows like this you would normally see a very large percentage of the crowd being male, but Coheed And Cambria somehow has bridged the gap and has a very large female following as seen at tonight’s show. The band consists of Claudio Sanchez (Vocals, Guitar), Travis Stever (Guitar), Josh Eppard (Drums) and Zach Cooper (Bass).
This is the third time I have seen Coheed And Cambria. The first was when they were the opening band for Iron Maiden back in 2012. Claudio is known for his thick long hair and having it fall in front of his face and the microphone disappearing into his hair while he is performing. Because of this, at the 2012 show, my son thought Claudio looked a lot like “Cousin IT” from the Adam’s Family. Each time I see them, they just keep getting better and their stage show is vastly improving and this show was the best yet. The musicianship was outstanding and the stage light show was amazing. They used the house lighting to front light them (I wish more bands would do this) and also brought their own stage light setup that consisted of 3 led panels that displayed different videos and a number of laser lights and spots to highlight them and the venue.
For this tour they are performing their 2005 album, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness in its entirety. The album is more of a progressive style of rock music, but tonight they did it with more of a metal overtone. The show started with the instrumental song, “Keeping The Blade” being played over the loud speakers. Then Claudio came out on stage and he performed “Always And Never” on acoustic guitar. The rest of the band came out for the third song, where Claudio switched to his double neck guitar and the band launched into the more rocking song, “Welcome Home”. To the fans delight, Claudio even played his double neck guitar behind his head. The main set was the rest of the album and ended with the 4 songs that are part of “The Willing Well”.
When the main set was completed, the band came back for a 3 song encore. Prior to starting the encore, Claudio showed the crowd a picture of him that he said they carry in the bus as kinda of a joke. Their first song, “Island” was from their last studio album, The Color Before the Sun. They then went back to their first 2 albums and played “Delirium Trigger” and finished with “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3”.
With the way this band is pulling in crowds, they will have to get a larger venue for their next show. The Marquee Theater was packed, even the VIP balcony was full. It was extremely hard to move from the front to the back. People were standing all the way to the very back of the room and starting to overflow into the bar area. When I first got there I was amazed at the line of people waiting to buy merchandise. It went from the merchandise table by the entry door all the way to the stage and then looped back to the back of the room. There had to be over 200 people in line to get something. It was this way even when the opening band took the stage.
I was very impressed with how cohesive the band was with Claudio and Travis traded off lead roles on guitar and Zach and Josh provided the underlying rhythms. Since the Marquee Theater’s main floor is standing only, I can’t say that the band got a standing ovation after every song, but the crowd cheered, clapped, shouted and raised their hands every time. The crowd was so into it, that I heard them singing along with the band on a number of the songs. If you get a chance to listen to or go to one of Coheed And Cambria’s shows, I would definitely recommend it.
The Dear Hunter
The night started off with The Dear Hunter as the opening act. They are a progressive rock band from Rhode Island that was formed in 2005 as a side project by Casey Crescenzo. The band consists of founding member Casey Crescenzo (lead vocals, guitar), Nick Crescenzo (drums, backing vocals), Maxwell Tousseau (guitar, backing vocals), Robert Parr (guitar, backing vocals), Nick Sollecito (bass) and Gavin Castleton (keyboards, backing vocals). They have produced 7 studio and 2 live albums. They were very good, but as with most bands, they will need a breakout song/album to make the next jump.
Review and photos by Fred Kuhlman
Venue: Marquee Theater
Coheed And Cambria
Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2017
The Dear Hunter
Photos © Fred Kuhlman 2017
CaC Set List: (Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness)
Keeping The Blade
Always And Never
Ten Speed (Of God’s Blood & Burial)
Crossing The Frame
Apollo I: The Writing Writer
Once Upon Your Dead Body
The Lying Lies & Dirty Secrets of Miss Erica Court
Mother May I
The Willing Well I: Fuel For The Feeding
The Willing Well II: Fear Through The Eyes of Madness
The Willing Well III: Apollo II: The Telling Truth
The Willing Well IV: Final Cut
Island (The Color Before the Sun)
Delirium Trigger (The Second Stage Turbine Blade)
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3)