Having never seen Coheed And Cambria, I headed to Terminal 5 with a mind full of curiosity and excitement. Knowing it was the last show on their highly successful “Neverender” US tour – I wasn’t surprised to see the line almost down to the river when I arrived – it was going to be a good night, in a safe space. I say “safe space” because not only an hour before showtime, the tragedy in Manchester, England occurred and security was at an all time high with airport style metal detectors AND a full pat down before entering, and frankly, I was more than happy to oblige although I missed the opener.
Starting off the festivities was the hybrid-rock outfit known as Thank You Scientist, who do things a bit differently with a horn section, a fiddle and lots of danceable licks. Lead singer Salvatore Marrano is unique, with a powerful voice along with a knack of messing with photographers in the pit with his bare feet.
After a quick turnaround the lights dropped, the fans started screaming their heads off as “Keeping The Blade” soared in the background, and from the shadows appeared the familiar silhouette of Claudio Sanchez with an acoustic guitar. Playing the tender ballad “Always & Never” by himself made the fans lose their minds and set the tone for the rest of the show. Strapping on a gorgeous double-neck guitar, Sanchez started the show in earnest with a raucous “Welcome Home,” which then kicked off the many moshers for the night.
Coheed And Cambria would continue with “Ten Speed,” “Crossing The Frame,” “The Writing Writer,” and “Once Upon,” which showed me their diversity and incredible musicianship that transcends genres and unnecessary labels. Yes, they are a rock band, but they delve into so many types of music that it ends up being something greater than you’d think. The incredible show would end with “Fuel For The Feeding,” “Fear Through The Eyes” and “The Final Cut,” that nearly brought the roof down.
Article: Shayne Hanley