There are very few bands that I’ve seen play live as many times as I’ve seen Coheed & Cambria. Powderfinger would come close, but I suspect that they won’t be putting up much of a fight anymore, now that they’ve disbanded and all.
Coheed, however – ever keen to retain the “Most seen band by gerrod” crown – announced late last year that they would be touring in Australia. Huzzah! Obviously I was going to be buying tickets; however, things got even more interesting when I learned that one of the very few bands left on my “must see live” list – Circa Survive – were playing the opening act!
There was no way I was going to miss out on tickets! They went on sale at 9 AM on the 20th of December last year, and by 9:01 AM I had already received my confirmation e-mail from Ticketek, compete with tickets attached. (As it turns out, the show didn’t quite sell out, so the need for urgency was perhaps not as great as I had thought.)
So skip ahead to Friday night, and finally its time for the concert. I was underimpressed at the speed that The Tivoli let the patrons in after still finding myself in line over 45 minutes after the doors were supposed to open. I was worried that we were going to miss the start of Circa Survive’s set, but thankfully they didn’t come on until about 15 minutes after we finally got in.
We stood on the floor for their set (usually I go for the balcony at The Tivoli), and we were rewarded with a great view. I have to admit though, I thought the sound mixing was terrible. I could barely hear Anthony Green singing – though Ben tells me that from where he was on the balcony, it all sounded great. So perhaps we were just in a dead spot. But no matter; they were still a great live act – very humble – and they lived up to my expectations. I’d love to see them again though, headlining their own show – simply so I could see them play a longer set!
Coheed & Cambria came on about half an hour after Circa Survive had finished their set, to a very appreciative crowd.
I had always considered myself a pretty huge fan of their music, but oh my was I shown up by the audience. I’d say that at least half of the patrons had at least one Coheed & Cambria tattoo, and many had more. One girl I saw had a very impressive tattoo of The Keywork that took up most of her back. We also looked somewhat out of place since we were pretty much the only ones in the theatre not wearing all black.
But no matter – we were there for the music, and as usual it was brilliant. The moment they came on stage and started playing No World For Tomorrow, I was immediately reminded why I love the band so much. Overall, the setlist was heavy on tracks from their new (double) album, but there were a few older songs thrown in. I particularly liked The Crowing and In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, which garnered a very enthusiastic involvement from the crowd.
The only downside of seeing C&C play live for me is that it always makes me sad when I realise it will likely be a long time before I get to see them again. Hopefully not too long though!