It is a Friday night in Oakland and the line in front of the club is long. Many people in band shirts are waiting to get in and are absolutely excited. Because tonight will be a special night. Tonight we are at Fox Theater, an amazing venue, because The Dear Hunter and Coheed & Cambria will perform.
The night began with The Dear Hunter. The Dear Hunter is a progressive rock band originating in Providence, Rhode Island. It began as a side project of Casey Crescenzo, formerly of The Receiving End of Sirens. The band’s sound features a wide variety of instruments and styles. Sound interesting, right?
These guys put up an amazing performance. Each song was long and intense, leaving everyone the space to get lost in the music. And the band lived their music. Which was amazing to see. They gave their full heart and soul into every note they played. To not interrupt the moment we all had, The Dear Hunter did not speak between the songs but instead let the songs fade into each other.
The sound was brilliant and so was the music. The singer had a strong voice that pierced right through your skin, going straight to the heart. The light was dim to set the perfect mood. The Dear Hunter played for about fifty minutes and left everyone speechless.
The Dear Hunter thanked Coheed & Cambria for taking them along on the road and everyone who came out tonight for being there.
After a short change over it was time for Coheed & Cambria. Coheed & Cambria is an American progressive rock band from Nyack, New York, formed in 1995. The band consists of Claudio Sanchez (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards), Travis Stever (lead guitar, backing vocals), Josh Eppard (drums, keyboards), and Zach Cooper (bass) The group’s music incorporates aspects of progressive rock, pop, heavy metal, and post-hardcore.
Tonight, Coheed & Cambria would perform “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV” in its entity. With big video screen in the back and a big set up for the drums, the band took over the stage.
The cheering was immense as Coheed & Cambria entered the stage. The singer entered the stage with an acoustic guitar and his hair let down. After a short intro, the band began performing.
The sound was amazing. Strong and intense sounds filled the venue and everybody’s ears, filling their hearts with joy. Each song was not only telling a great story but was also carrying a whole lot of passion.
To not interrupt the moment, Coheed & Cambria played all songs of the album is without an interruption. The band let the songs fade into each other, until all songs were played.
The audience sang along to all songs and every word, enjoying every second. After more than one hour Coheed & Cambria had finished playing the album and thanked everyone for coming out. Then they left the stage.
Not for long though. Because the audience demanded more. Coheed & Cambria came back on stage to play a few newer songs. And then the night was over.
Everyone left with a smile. Feeling blessed to have seen two amazing bands. A well spent Friday night in the beautiful Fox Theater in Oakland.