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Article By Savannah Block
With the illumination from their backlit trademark, the Keywork, guiding the way, Coheed and Cambria took the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee. The screams of dedicated fans multiplied sevenfold as the lead singer, Claudio Sanchez, wrestled his signature long hair out of his face.
As a progressive rock band spanning back 15 years, Coheed had a wealth of songs to choose to play for the large crowd. However, the band stuck to a number of greatest hits. Swelling chords of “Key Entity Extraction V: Sentry the Defiant,” a track off their 2013 album The Afterman: Descension, started the night. Its inclusion was met with much of the audience thrusting their fists in the air.
Gems such as “The Camper Velourium III: Al the Killer” and “Junesong Provision” have long been considered as fan favorites and were also included in the set. The concert goers’ passionate chanting proved those songs still resonate today.
In the middle of the set Sanchez switched guitars; he exchanged his Gibson E2 Explorer for his iconic Gangsta version, which is emblazoned with Sanchez’s father’s likeness.
Toward the end of the set, the 8-minute long “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3” the crowd kept clapping the beat of the song as the hum of the guitar slowly faded out. They also lent their voices to the crescendoing descant at the end, creating a haunting yet unifying ambience to the single.
With the fans hungry for more, Coheed emerged yet again for a three track encore. The vivacity of the entire night accumulated into their most notable song “Welcome Home.” Clad with his Don Felder Double Neck guitar, Sanchez smoothly plucked riffs in a duel against the band’s other guitarist, Travis Stever.
Sanchez elicited shrieks of encouragement from the crowd with daring feats. Lifting his guitar, he strummed from behind his head, as well as solely with this teeth, during the last moments on stage.
Coheed and Cambria will kick off their 2015 tour on August 8th in Nashville performing at the Ink N Iron Fest.
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