Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Coheed 68 + bonus Kennedy Center performance

68th of Coheed
Galactic Empire
Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
Chameleon Club, Lancaster, PA

I don't know how I've never been to the Chameleon Club before, especially considering that I know one of the club owners. In fact, I don't recall having ever been to downtown Lancaster before. We used to go to the Fire [equipment] Show there every year when I was a kid (held in the parking lot of Dutch Wonderland, which I also don't recall ever visiting...) and I've been outlet shopping in Lancaster more recently. Weird.

Anyway, I spent some quality time at the fantastic Federal Taphouse and then headed over for the (pretty damn early) show. This was more or less a rehearsal show for Coheed's upcoming tour and their two-night (single song) appearance at the Kennedy Center. The bartender said that Galactic Empire had just played the Chameleon Club a night or two before, so I guess that's why they opened. They play instrumental metal versions of Star Wars songs and dress in costumes and it was pretty amazing. They even had a whole plot with the merch guy (who was a Rebel!) and light sabers. Fun stuff.

By the time Coheed hit the stage, it was pretty hot. I was in the back of the main floor and very glad I had my fan with me (best purchase of the last year). I was glad I wasn't upstairs or crushed in the front. There was some stage banter from Claudio, who said he never takes his hair down anymore except to impress the other parents at his kid's school. Solid set for my taste. The cover of Danzig's Mother got a "Holy shit!" chant from the crowd, which I greatly appreciated. I also appreciated that it seemed like most people actually knew the song, as opposed to when they used to play The Trooper and no one even knew it was Iron Maiden. I couldn't really hear or understand the spoken part of the new Prologue and Dark Sentencer, but I was thrilled to be among the first to hear it live.

Set List:
Goodnight fair lady
Here to mars
Favor House 
Number City
Spirit Kid
Mother (Danzig cover) 
Delirium Trigger
Ten Speed
Welcome Home 

New song [Dark Sentencer]

I was talking to a couple who was also staying at the same hotel and this was their 3rd time seeing Coheed. Cute!

Unclear how Coheed & Cambria got invited to perform with the NSO Pops, but it was goddamn fucking amazing. They played From Here to Mars with the freakin National Symphony Orchestra with a backdrop of photos of Mars and taken by the Mars Rover. I may have sung along...I definitely lip synced. It was hotter (temperature wise) in KC than CC. Again: fan.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Coheed 67

Coheed & Cambria
Fillmore Silver Spring
May 6, 2017

Sold out. Sweatbox. GAIBSIV is the tour I saw the most, so seeing them play the album in its entirety was good. Lots of cool video stuff going on behind them. 

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Posts to be written (still)

KMFDM with Legion Within , Rein[Forced]
Friday, Mar 22, 2013 8:00 PM EDT (Doors: 7:00 PM) 

Mr. Smalls Theatre, 400 Lincoln Ave, Millvale, PA, 15209 

Amorphis at MD Death Fest 2015

Napalm Death & Agnostic Front in Frederick MD 2015

Mashrou Leila, Hamilton, DC June 13 2016

2017: Amorphis x2
Kenny Loggins!
Depeche Mode

Air Supply

Gojira, Sept 21, 2016

September 21, 2016
Silver Spring, MD

The only Ticketmaster vouchers I was able to cash in, I was fortunately able to use for this show (although I would have paid full price). This was the first headlining tour for Gojira since 2013, when I'd seen them in Cleveland and it was in support of their latest album, Magma, which I still have yet to buy.

Amazing set from amazing metal musicians.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Coheed & Cambria, March 2, 2016, Echostage, Washington, DC

#66 of Coheed
March 2, 2016
Coheed & Cambria
Echostage, Washington DC

Most of this post is complaining about parking...

First time at Echostage. It is not in a very convenient location. Yes, you can drive there pretty easily but parking is a bitch. I tried Parking Panda and chose one of the mid-price lots that, on the map, looked pretty close. But, it was very confusing trying to find that particular lot, and then when we finally found it, the parking attendant was sitting in his car and was so stoned that he couldn't tell me if I was in the right place. Also, there were raccoons running around between the cars so I just parked on the street. My roommate still claims I was trying to get her infected with rabies.

Anyway, we got there in time for Glassjaw, whom I don't recall seeing before even though they're the godfathers of emo and are from New York state. It's likely that I did see them at some point in college, but I went to so many shows and never wrote anything down then that I only remember a handful of what I saw. At any rate, they and I are old and still rock. I wish that they had a longer set.

Finally, 6 months after buying the tickets to the Color Before the Sun tour, for the 66th time, Coheed & Cambria. I was really excited to see the new album live and their lighting was really impressive. Very good crowd too. There were even some surprises (for me anyway) in the setlist.
I'm very happy for their success but a little depressed I can't go follow them around anymore, particularly at $45/ticket. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

65th of Coheed

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015
Coheed & Cambria
You Blew It
Bottle & Cork
Dewey Beach, DE

I'm probably too old and definitely too fat to be hanging around at the beach, but we had a good time. First time in Dewey and every other car at the hotel had PA plates, mine only recently having turned back into DC plates.

Bottle & Cork seems to have a lot of shows, but they weren't really equipped for it other than having tons of cheap beer: almost no security, no barricades, nothing to protect the band and the kids in the front. I had a Bud Light Lime and stayed in the back under the AC but I could still see/hear just fine since this is a pretty small place. In fact, it's probably one of the smallest venues I've seen Coheed in in the 12 years since I first saw them. Like, PA polka hall small. 

Even though it took me more than 6 months to write this post, at least I emailed myself the set list at the time:
Favor House
Al the Killer
Time Consumer
No World for Tomorrow
Delirium Trigger
Devil in Jersey City
Blood Red Summer

The Suffering
Ten Speed
Welcome Home

Saturday, May 02, 2015

64th of Coheed

Coheed and Cambria - Neverender IKSSE:3
The Fillmore Silver Spring
Silver Spring, MD
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:00 PM EDT

This was on my actual birthday and I never bothered to write up a review. As I recall now, they played all of IKSSE:3 and a second set of other stuff and I stood behind someone in a 412 hat.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013
Orange Goblin
Stage AE
Pittsburgh, PA

I don't know why I didn't write a post for this before. I even remember being complemented on my 3 Inches of Blood hoodie by some random dudes at this show. [Which seems to be the crucial difference between DC and everywhere else - every time I wear some metal shirt/hoodie outside of DC, people will talk to me instead of giving me the stink-eye like in DC.]

Lionize I'd seen with Clutch before since they're from MD. I think I only caught part of their set this time.

Orange Goblin is from the UK? OK. I thought I'd seen them before, but I guess not. I enjoyed it and would check them out again.

Clutch was touring in support of their new album, Earth Rocker. I was probably the only person in the club who appreciated the Chuck Brown intro and fully appreciated the new song "DC Sound Attack" with the go-go beat. Anyway, Clutch always puts on a good show and there are always tons of dudes who look like Neil Fallon in the audience, so you can't really go wrong. Also, I didn't see any fights, so this was actually better than my previous experiences at Clutch shows.