Coheed and Cambria at the Tabernacle: Event Review

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An event eleven years in the making came to its inevitable conclusion on October 7, 2014, at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia. Thank You Scientist, the first band to land a contract deal with Evil Ink Records, were premiered as the opening act. Subsequently, Coheed and Cambria performed their landmark album In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 in its entirety, during an ongoing tour series entitled Neverender.

Thank You Scientist was more than impressive with their complex meter, lavish chord changes, syncopated rhythm section, fretless instruments, and tenor horn arrangements. The group was a very fitting addition to the progressive rock show. The band was sophisticated, exciting, and appear to have a bright future ahead of them.

A capacity crowd of 2,600 fans quietly stirred, patiently waiting for the moment that they could steal a glimpse of their heroes. Without warning, the lights dropped and spectators erupted. Eager ears heard those fateful footsteps, the eerie ringing of a telephone, and those special lyrics that everyone had been waiting to hear, “Hello Apollo, where should I begin…” Coheed and Cambria had finally arrived.

The setlist for Coheed and Cambria opened with “The Ring In Return”, progressing into “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3”, followed by “Cuts Marked in the March of Men.” Flawlessly, the band cascades into “Three Evils (Embodied in Love and Shadow)”, “The Crowing”, and “Blood Red Summer.” Sanchez puts on his evil smile, and welcomes us to his epic trilogy. “The Camper Velourium I: Faint of Hearts” excites the crowd to become one roaring voice, almost as if they were ready for war. “The Camper Velourium II: Backend of Forever” brings the energy down a notch, only to get everyone ready for Sanchez’s proclaimed favorite, “The Camper Velourium III: Al the Killer.”

An overwhelming audience was surging with anticipation of the song that introduced most fans to the band. Sanchez asked for participation in the record’s single, “A Favor House Atlantic.” The tone was finally set for an intimate finale to an otherwise electric night. Couples held hands, and swayed side to side as the band ushered in “The Light & the Glass.” It was a heartfelt moment for friends, lovers, and lonely spectators. Sanchez and his bandmates were seemingly flawless, sounding in many ways better than the album itself.

An experience such as this reminds fans why they fall in love with these bands, and their music to begin with. Furthermore, it reminds them of why nothing can beat the real thing, and why we go to concerts in the first place. The screaming guitars, and seemingly effortless vocal harmonies were pitch perfect. The crowd clung to every word, while their excitement only accelerated with every passing minute. Participants became one with spooky chants, responded to every call, and soared in anticipation of every hook.

Claudio Sanchez paused, gathering the eyes of every spectator in the venue. Just as the album’s finale concluded, he recognized his audience with a humble set of words. Sanchez expressed how lucky it felt to be in his shoes. Stumbling over his words, he referred to the rarity of such a loving fan base, especially during this period in the music industry. He promised to play a few more songs as he called out for the numbers 21 and 13 to be displayed in lights. The band then initiated their encore with the IKKSE3 bonus song 21:13,”

Following a brief intermission, they returned to perform the 2nd set of the encore. Guitars exploded into “Neverender” from their 2002 release Second Stage Turbine Blade, followed by “Goodnight, Fair Lady.” Ultimately, Sanchez invited Thank You Scientist’s horn section to join them on “Number City”. Coheed and Cambria stepped off the stage once more, but fans chanted their name until the band returned to play a third and final encore set.

As “Number City” concluded, Sanchez mentioned that it was an extra special night. This final night of the tour was also the eleventh birthday of the album IKSSE3. He invited fans to get excited as his photographer snapped a memorable shot of the band with 2,600 screaming fans behind them.

“Really thank you very much guys, this tour has been terrific for us.” Sanchez said. “…It’s every bit of a turnaround every time we do something like this. It just feels like a metamorphosis, it feels like we’ve shed the old skin and have become something new. It’s really important to us to commemorate these records, just feeling your energy and going for it. It’s important to us, so thank you very much, you guys are the best.”

Coheed and Cambria performed two additional songs from their 2005 release Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. Starting with “Ten Speed” and ending with their biggest hit “Welcome Home.” Sustaining feedback decayed, the crowd was pleased, and so was the band. It was an extraordinary event, one filled with power, emotion, and nostalgia. As this third chapter of the Neverender Tour series concluded, diehards can only wait patiently for the next one. It was truly something that their fans will contemplate for years to come.