Tuesday night marked the start of the outdoor concert season in Boston, as Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on the waterfront opened its gates for the first time in 2017. The occasion was Coheed & Cambria’s Neverender: GAIBSIV tour celebrating their 2005 album “Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness.” Though not a specific numerical anniversary for the album, the band has been touring and playing through albums in full as of lately and have worked their way to their third album.
Coheed & Cambria have been one of the most consistent bands of this generation, since releasing their debut album in 2002, they have gone on to release six albums that cracked the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. They have also amassed a large, and devoutly loyal fan base who come out to see them at nearly every opportunity they get.
Tuesday’s show was Coheed’s largest Massachusetts headline show to date and was a near sellout. The album the band was playing, was their first to chart in the Top 10, peaking a number 7 and eventually being certified Gold. The album, along with it’s lead single “Welcome Home” is widely seen as the work that put Coheed & Cambria on the map in terms of mainstream commercial success. As far as the loyal fans of the band are concerned, it’s the third installment in Coheed’s Armory Wars Tetralogy, an ongoing series of concept albums that the band released, telling a story with reoccurring characters.
After an instrumental intro tape playing “Keeping the Blade,” Coheed frontman Claudio Sanchez emerged with an acoustic guitar to perform “Always & Never.” The rest of the band then joined him on stage for the true first song of the show, the ultra heavy “Welcome Home” which features Sanchez tearing through the song on a double neck guitar playing one of the strongest guitar riffs of the 2000’s and an incredibly high octane song to kick off a show.
The rest of the show played out as expected, the band playing through their whole album, with little audience interaction and more time for music. The original album was 70+ minutes so moving through without much banter was crucial to keeping the show on time. The final song of the album set, “The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut” was an absolute barn burner with all the bells and whistles, an impressive light show accompanied the music, as did a video board behind them displaying visuals for each song. They would return for a three song encore consisting of two older songs and one song from “The Color Before the Sun.”
Coheed & Cambria continue to be one of the most consistent and successful bands of this era, their fan loyalty and commitment to excellence in their live show are the driving forces behind a band that grows in popularity with each album. If you ever find yourself asking the question “what bands from today will one day be lauded the way legendary acts from yesteryear are?” Then wonder no more, Coheed & Cambria will undoubtedly be in that conversation.
Opening the show was semi-locals The Dear Hunter. A prog rock band hailing from Providence, RI and the brainchild of Casey Crescenzo they have worked at a furious pace, releasing seven albums and a whole bunch more EP’s to date. The latest product is their 2016 effort “Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional” from which they played a handful of numbers on Tuesday night, being the official first band to take the stage at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in 2017.
Photos from Coheed & Cambria, The Dear Hunter - 5/9/17: