Coheed and Cambria | 10.14.15

life coheedThere wasn’t a single thing in this concert to merit any complaints.

The Pageant, St. Louis

I parked the car and walked down the street to The Pageant because one of my favorite “new” and “mainstream” bands was playing there: Coheed and Cambria. I frankly don’t see many bands that are on the radio, so this was a bit of an eye opener to me.

I haven’t seen the club this full since Slayer last year. The lines to both entrances wrapped around the blocks. The vast number of people came from all different walks of life, but most of them had one thing in common: They were a far sight younger than me.

This I was not prepared for.

Before the men of the hour could go on, we were warmed up by the requisite opening acts, Thank You Scientist and Cursive. This was the first I had heard of either band. They were both good in their own way, if they didn’t necessarily appeal to my (very metal) tastes. Each band seemed to be more and more enjoyable as their sets went on.

After years of listening to their albums, including buying some on vinyl, I was thrilled when Coheed and Cambria took the stage. This was my first time seeing them and I didn’t know what to expect. What surprised me the most is that they are absolutely flawless live and lead singer Claudio Sanchez’s hair is distracting. I cannot imagine how much money he spends on keeping it clean and conditioned. (Yes, I’m very envious.)

With their older material and the brand new, the band were in total synchronicity. So rarely is a band that perfect on stage. The other big takeaway for me is that they have yet to properly record their live sound, which was akin to KISS live versus studio in the early days. Neither is bad, but the former is more pleasing to my ears.

Though I would have preferred they played both volumes of The Afterman front to back, there wasn’t a single thing in this concert to merit any complaints. Coheed and Cambria brought it in every conceivable way. | Nik Cameron

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