Coheed and Cambria Review

Coheed and Cambria with Saves the Day and Polyphia--Sep 16, 2016 at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA.

I love going to the Ace of Spades. It’s a well-managed venue with a large, well-lit stage to see a show. I don’t know about you, but being able to see what’s happening on stage is high on my list of reasons why I go to a show, and the Ace of Spades does not disappoint, even for a sold-out show like Coheed and Cambria. Granted, you probably want to get there early if you want some of the better spots, but even late arrivers can still find somewhere to watch and enjoy the show. I personally couldn’t make it early, so I paid the eight dollars to park across the street and, after a quick security check, went inside. Unfortunately, Polyphia had already played. I was a little bummed because I had heard through the Facebook grapevine that they were worth seeing. Oh well, maybe next time.

This was my first exposure to Saves the Day, and I really enjoyed their set.  They sounded a little Blink 182ish, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The crowd was really up for them and everyone was having a good time—a very good setup band for the headliner, Coheed. I try to keep an open mind for most types of rock music, and these guys were very talented and fun to watch for sure.

Finally, Coheed and Cambria came out, and they did not disappoint. The last time I saw Coheed was 2006 with Avenged Sevenfold, so I was excited to finally see them again. I was not alone in my excitement either. The crowd was really buzzing in anticipation with chants of “Coheed” and went crazy when the band came out. The show started with Travis Stever and Claudio Sanchez performing the mellow, haunting tune, Ghost from their most recent release, The Color Before the Sun. Next, they jammed to the classic and crowd favorite, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. A great beginning to a great show. Coheed went on to play classics like Blood Red Summer and Everything Evil interspersed with more recent tunes like Island, Eraser, and Peace to the Mountain. If you do get a chance to see them in the near future, make sure that you don’t miss the encore. That was half the show for me. I was just blown away. Coheed opened the final set with the live show essential, You Got Spirit, Kid, went into one of my favorite Nirvana songs, Lounge Act, and blew up the house with Welcome Home. I feel very fortunate that I was there and hope to see them again the next time they are in town. If you get a chance, go see them. Cheerz!

Coheed and Cambria