Coheed and Cambria | Ascend Amphitheater | Nashville, TN
We headed over to Ascend Amphitheater to catch Coheed and Cambria's Nashville stop on their summer tour with co-headlinder Taking Back Sunday and support from The Story So Far.
Let's cut to the chase. Yes, we know... The Story So Far are notorious for their ho-hum stage presence and this night wasn't any different than previous shows we've caught them at. While their stage presence may be lacking, the music itself sounded like the material straight off the record. Parker talked about how the band normally doesn't play venues as large as Ascend is, as they generally stick to smaller stages. While the venue was still filling up as The Story So Far played, there was already a decent sized crowd in the general admission area directly in front of the stage.
With a vast repertoire to draw from, Taking Back Sunday's set was diverse and packed a nostalgia fueled punch at the same time. Starting off their set with "What's It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?" with no introduction, Taking Back Sunday are here to prove that as long as you're dedicated to the game, you'll maintain a solid fan base while doing what you love.
In between songs, Adam Lazara shared that Nashville is one of his all time favorite places in the country and gave a shout out to Safe House Tattoo Studio and Rosepepper Cantina. Oldies but goodies like "A Decade Under The Influence" and "Cute Without The E (Cut From The Team)" had the crowd on their feet and dancing in the setting summer sun. Taking Back Sunday have clearly aged well as a band and have moved on to write music that matches their life experiences rather than hanging onto a teenage mindset.
Cotton candy lights framed the stage as Coheed and Cambria brought the crowd to their feet. Claudio Sanchez's live vocals were on point for their entire performance and songs like "The Suffering" and "Blood Red Summer" made the crowd go wild. With "Blood Red Summer" being the first song that I had ever heard from the band, it holds a special place in my heart. People were dancing and throwing their fists into the air throughout the set, and even waved their phones in the air during "Wake Up."
"Island" switched things up a bit, with Claudio ditching the guitar and getting close to the edge of the stage to sing up close and personal with front row fans. The double neck guitar came out for "Welcome Home" which was the final song of the night. As the end of "Welcome Home" neared, a haunting sound was stirred up as the crowd chimed in for the closing vocals. The lights timed up with the music perfectly, with a bright light flashing at the very end of the song and the stage going completely black. A truly theatrical, multifaceted band, Coheed and Cambria offer a fully immersive experience when it comes to their lives shows.