Tonight we went to an exclusive show. Coheed and Cambria is currently touring Europe, stopping by in one city per country. In Germany, they stopped by in Cologne. And here we were, too.
The concert took place at Essigfabrik. A medium sized venue. The fans were lining up in front of the venue long before the doors opened. People had come from all over Germany, some even from out of the country, to see the band perform tonight. There was a delay in the opening of the venue as well as the start of the show.
The first band of the night was the support act was Dinosaur Pile-Up.
Dinosaur Pile-Up is an English alternative rock band who formed in late 2007. Hailing from Leeds, West Yorkshire. Current members are lead singer and guitarist Matt Bigland, drummer Mike Sheils and bassist Jim Cratchley. Their past members include Steve Wilson (2008-2010), Tom Dornford-May (2008-2010), Tommy Davidson (2008), Harry Johns (2010-2011), James Sacha (2013).
The trio entered the stage. The way the guys looked and the sound of their music reminded of a young Bush and Nirvana mix. The audience loved it. The loud grunge music got quite some people dancing along. The band seemed shy, so there was not a whole lot of interaction between them and the audience. But nobody seemed to care. Everyone was having a good time.
Dinosaur Pile-Up played for about thirty minutes before they thanked the audience for having come out and left the stage.
Up next was the main act of the night. The band, everyone was waiting for: Coheed and Cambria.
Coheed and 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, backing vocals), and Zach Cooper (bass, backing vocals). The group’s music incorporates aspects of progressive rock, pop, heavy metal, and post-hardcore.
Tonight – or rather during the entire tour – Coheed and Cambria were playing their album “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV” at a whole on their Neverender Gaibsiv tour. An album to which the singer of Coheed and Cambria, Claudio Sanchez, is currently releasing a comic per song. Quite exciting. But let me get back to the show:
Coheed and Cambria began with an intro. Then the singer Claudio entered the stage with an acoustic guitar in his hand to sing the first couple lines. But his microphone was not working. The band moved on to the next song, but the microphone was still not working. Instead, the audience was singing for him, just as loud. As it finally began working again, Claudio decided to play the song again. After that, the show continued smooth and as intended. The audience loved every second of it.
The light was a little dim. Which matched the mood and atmosphere quite well. Each band member was playing their part absolutely passionate and energetic. The cheering after each song was loud. Until the last song of the album, the band did not talk to the audience in between songs. After that one, they thanked everyone for coming out and being part of this amazing tour.
Coheed and Cambria rewarded the audience with an encore of three songs. So they ended up playing for more than two hours. It was an amazing show. Everyone was having a blast and leaving the venue with beautiful memories of the show.