Words & Photos: Beth Rutshchman

American progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria invaded Chicago Thursday night at the Huntington Bank Pavilion. Side by side with rockers Taking Back Sunday and special guests, The Story So Far.

Coheed and Cambria are currently on tour promoting their upcoming, ninth studio album, Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures. The album is slated to drop on October 5th this year. The band recently dropped a track Unheavenly Creatures earlier this summer. Giving fans a sizeable taste of what’s to come!

Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island is a temporary, outdoor amphiteater located along Northerly Island in Chicago, IL. Equipped with stunning views of Lake Michigan and the skyline of one of the biggest cities in the US, Chicago! Amazing venue to soak up great music and summer fun!

The Story So Far were the opening band for the show. Cannon was powerful with his vocals and friendly with the crowd. Giving a thumbs up whenever possible. He played a tamborine during some songs and walked around the stage to enthrall fans. Sometimes sticking out his tongue in true rocker fashion. It was a solid performance of songs that they have previously released and making sure to tell the audience about their upcoming album Proper Dose.

Taking Back Sunday were next to take the stage. Vocalist Adam Lazzara had quite a few stories to be told, along with jokes after each song and sometimes before. The first story that he told was that his parents had met in Chicago. He likes to think that Chicago is the place where he was conceived. However, he was born in Alabama. He went on to say that he has a cousin whom lives in Aurora, IL which is a suburb of the city. Every other Thanksgiving or so, Lazzara will come back to Chicago to visit. He dedicated the next song, Beat Up Car to his cousin.

Lazzara spoke about playing a few dance songs. He wanted to make sure that everyone was wearing the proper dance shoes and attire. He stated he didn’t want to see any wardrobe malfunctions and referenced the infamous Super Bowl, Janet Jackson with Justin Timberlake slip-up. I think it’s safe to say that we all knew what he was refering to!

One of the last stories that Lazzara had to tell was about when the band first started touring. He would keep the band up late by playing The Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness about four times non stop. And it’s a very long album!

Taking Back Sunday’s set included an array of songs from their 19 year history as a band. Songs which included, “You’re So Last Summer”, “My Blue Heaven”, “What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?”, “Set Phasers To Stun”, “Call Come Running”, “Cute Without the ‘E'”, “Tidal Way”, and “Make Damn Sure”. There were plenty of lazer lights and smoke to set the mood as well!

Toward the end of their set Lazzara asked the crowd to experiment with him. He stated that Coheed and Cambria get really nervous before a show. He asked for audience participation to start a chant to calm down the nervous headliners. Coheed! Coheed! Coheed! Coheed!

By the time that Coheed and Cambria took the stage, they didn’t seem to be nervous at the slightest! Vocalist Claudio Sanchez belted out mesmerizing vocals whilst the band shredded through as if they were on fire! A few songs from their setlist included; “The Dark Sentencer”, “Devil In Jersey City”, “Blood Red Summer”, “Here To Mars”, “Unheavenly Creatures”, and “Welcome Home.”

Sanchez’s hair was the true star of the show. It’s all that you could really make out between the abundance of lazer lights, smog, and mayhem of heavy hitting rock music carnage!

The band is well known for their concept albums. They play their set accordingly. Consecutively, song after song with not much conversation in between. Which gave you a true interpretation of what this band is all about. Fans went crazy, having a great time singing lyrics paired with ample head banging. Horns were out and spirits flying high!

The Summer Tour 2018 runs through until August 12th with their last stop being in Phoenix, Arizona.

Coheed & Cambria Setlist:
The Dark Sentencer
Here We Are Juggernaut
Devil in Jersey City
In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
The Crowing
Blood Red Summer
A Favor House Atlantic
Ten Speed (Of God’s Blood and Burial)
Here to Mars
Wake Up
Unheavenly Creatures
Welcome Home

The Story So Far

Taking Back Sunday

Coheed & Cambria

Get your tickets for The Summer Tour HERE!