Coheed and Cambria
Congress Theatre – Chicago, IL
May 14, 2010
I remember watching Coheed and Cambria shows back in 2002, 2003 when they really hit the scene and began to garner a large following. It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to catch them live, and I realize now what I once though was a large following was in fact only the beginning. What can best be described as legions of ardent followers filled Congress Theater for the performance. I heard it did not sell out, but if it didn’t by the time Coheed began to play then I’m not sure where they were planning on putting the extra people. It was listed as an all-aged show, and they weren’t kidding. I saw young teens, twenty-somethings, and even some fans that were old enough to be my parents.
Even before Coheed and Cambria took the stage, the crowd was dug into the spots they had staked out and loudly chanted for their band to come out. You could feel the energy in the room and see it present as the barricades trembled from the pressure against them. There wasn’t an inch of daylight between people. If you did manage to turn around and glimpse behind you, there was a sea of fans crowding both levels of the theater hall.
The moment Claudio walked out to his guitar and the band took the stage, the audience went crazy and it did not subside for the remainder of the night. The crowd sang in remarkable unison, the true mark of die-hard fans. The stage was flashing and the backdrop was pulsing with visual effects. Different angles of the band performing were projected onto the screen and mixed with visual effects that created an impressive on-the-spot music video to accompany the songs. A definite congrats goes out to the crew for a job well done.
Claudio stepped off the stage, onto a large floor sub, to play a solo. His tongue extended all the while, in a manner that would make even Gene Simmons jealous. Wave after wave of crowd surfers spilled over the barricades and into the hands of waiting security. One fan was a little over zealous and dashed onto the stage. He caught security momentarily off guard and began to dance next to the slightly surprised bass player, Michael Todd, before being ushered off stage.
At the end of the set, the audience was still hungry for more. Chanting and applause rang out, begging a much desired encore. The group remained off stage for a while. I almost began to think they weren’t coming back out. Just then, they ran back on stage, and the audience lost it once again. I thought the house was going to come down around me when “Bye Bye Beautiful” began to play. The decibel level rose and the crowd got crazier than Claudio’s hair. The wait for the encore was well worth it, and the fans were treated to what seemed like an almost inordinately long encore with multiple songs such as, “Welcome Home” and “A Favor House Atlantic.” But hey, I’ve always thought too much of a good thing is a great thing. The audience echoed my sentiments as they still wanted more even after the show ended.
Here We Are Juggernaut
The Camper Velourium III: Al the Killer
World Of Lines
Made Out of Nothing (All That I Am)
Three Evils (Embodied in Love and Shadow)
Pearl of the Stars
No World for Tomorrow
Guns of Summer
A Favor House Atlantic
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Coheed and Cambria did an excellent job of putting on a near-flawless performance and engaging their fans. It was easy to see the audience was extremely pleased with the show, as was I. I feel confident in saying Chicago anxiously awaits Coheed and Cambria’s return.
Written by: Santiago Amador
Photographed by: Stacy Young