Featured Review : Coheed and Cambria

Photo by Matt Christine
Photo by Matt Christine

A beaming purple and white wash of color was cast over the sold out Fillmore as Coheed and Cambria took the stage not by force but with style as they opened their Philadelphia tour date with a stunning acoustic performance of “Ghost.” The song is one of many the band are out supporting right now during The Color Before The Sun Tour, aptly named after their most recently released album which was a huge success both critically and with their fanbase. The album marked a change of direction for Coheed and Cambria as it is their first release that hasn’t fit the mold of the story/concept album that they have embraced since the early days of their career some 15 years ago now.

The Philadelphia show actually marked the 15th anniversary of The Second Stage Turbine Blade. Though the album was released in 2002, it was actually recored in 2001 as Claudio explained to the crowd during the show that night. The band’s set was complimented by a constant color wash that was perfectly queued to their music, nearly every intricate note was met with an equally beautiful lighting reaction which helped create a visual experience to compliment their breathtaking live performance.

Photo by Matt Christine
Photo by Matt Christine

The band’s setlist on the Color Before The Sun Tour run has been a well balanced blend older fan favorites as well as the almost expected newer material from Coheed’s most recently released album. Some of the newer tracks that made the cut into the show included the stunning acoustic opening of “Ghost.”, “Atlas” also made an apperance during the show and fans reacted to the newer material just as enthuastically as the iconic Coheed hits like “A Favor House Atlantic.” There was no shortage of crowd induced sing alongs and the sold out crowd quickly became an ocean of surfers early in the night when the band kicked into”Blood Red Summer” as the third song of the evening.

Coheed and Cambria sets the bar very high for live performances, time and time again we cover them only to be more impressed with their technical skill. From the first time we saw them perform which was during their run with Slipknot quite a few years back until now the band has continued to push forward with their live show and the result is nothing short of stunning. Claudio Sanchez has an incredible vocal range while performing live, it is very much present on the recorded albums but his voice shines in ways no recording equipment can capture when he performs live.

Photo by Matt Christine
Photo by Matt Christine

He embodied every single song that was being performed, whether that means pulling his hair back into a bun to slow things down for a ballad or jumping across the stage in a blur of motion before returning to his microphone to scream a high note many can only dream of hitting. Whether in motion, standing still, or hidden behind the massive iconic hair he has there was no doubt that he and the band enjoyed Philadelphia’s spirit because every song was better than the next with the crowd as they went insane seeing their musical heroes bring it for them.

Photo by Matt Christine
Photo by Matt Christine

There is no doubt that Coheed and Cambria are one of the best live touring bands around right now, the real question is what is next for them. They sold out the Fillmore here in Philadelphia which is no small feat honestly, I hope to see them continue to grow as they have over the years and maybe even jump up a venue size. Whether they want to do that or keep things more intimate as they have been Pennsylvania will always be here to support them. Be sure to check out the setlist from the show below as well as an exclusive photo gallery of Coheed and Cambria’s performance in Philadelphia, PA.

Coheed and Cambria March 5, 2016 Setlist
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Blood Red Summer
Everything Evil
Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant
A Favor House Atlantic
Here to Mars
The Hard Sell
No World for Tomorrow
The Audience
Peace to the Mountain

You Got Spirit, Kid
The Running Free
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