Coheed and Cambria steals the show.
This past weekend, fans at the Wellmont Theater showed just how dedicated they are to band Coheed and Cambria. Coheed and Cambria, well-known for their track “Welcome Home,” is a progressive rock band from New York. All of Coheed and Cambria’s albums are concept albums that tell a science fiction storyline called The Amory Wars, a story written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez, which has been transcribed into a series of comic books.
The current members of the band are Claudio Sanchez on lead vocals and guitar, Travis Stever on guitar/vocals/lap steel guitar, Josh Eppard on drums/backing vocals/keyboards and Zach Cooper on bass/backing vocals/cello. Opening for Coheed and Cambria was Thank You Scientist, one of the first bands signed by Sanchez’s personal label. Thank You Scientist was also formed at Montclair State University and forged out of the school’s music program.
Before the show even started, the line to get into the Wellmont Theater was wrapped around the street, fans eager to get a good spot in the pit on the floor. The security guards quickly got fans inside, checking them for any dangerous items and providing people over 21 with a special wristband.
The seats and general admission on the ground level were absolutely packed. The bar was swamped, but bartenders were quick to get fans their drinks, water and sometimes popcorn. As Thank You Scientist came on the stage to open the show, fans in the mosh pit immediately started dancing and moving; even those in the seats were swaying along with their sound. Thank You Scientist had such an interesting sound that kept the audience upbeat, incorporating brass instruments with the guitar, drums and bass. Thank You Scientist constantly thanked the fans for coming and encouraged them to meet the band after the show, leaving the crowd with a positive buzz while they waited for Coheed and Cambria to take the stage.
As the crew set up the stage for Coheed and Cambria, the crowd erupted into cheers when they revealed a gigantic Keywork symbol, a symbol well-known to Coheed fans, hanging above the stage that lit in various colors throughout the show. The rest of the stage was clad with lights and lasers, which were used heavily throughout the show to give fans an amazing visual experience to go along with the music.
When Coheed and Cambria finally took the stage, the crowd went crazy. In true Coheed fashion, the band played several songs before greeting the crowd and immediately went back into the music.
Their energy was great, and the crowd never stopped moving along with them. At times, Claudio Sanchez, lead singer, simply stepped back from the microphone and allowed the fans to belt out the lyrics.
As Coheed and Cambria finished playing their entire second album, they left the stage until fans began chanting their name. The band came back out with two members from Thank You Scientist, who helped Coheed and Cambria play “Number City” from one of their newer albums while the numbers from the lyrics flashed in the lasers on the back of the stage.
At the end of the show, Coheed and Cambria came back for multiple encores, leaving fans satisfied but always wanting more. The way they interacted with their fans proved that Coheed cares about the audience, and made it one amazing night for everyone who was able to be there.
For more information on the Wellmont Theater or to see the list of upcoming shows, visit the Wellmont website at thewellmonttheater.org.