Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Coheed and Cambria Takes Crowd on Epic Journey at Stage Ae

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Coheed and Cambria Takes Crowd on Epic Journey at Stage Ae

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So, when you're watching The Who play "Tommy" or Roger Waters do "The Wall," you generally have some sense of what's going on in those somewhat nonsensical stories.

On Thursday night, Coheed and Cambria arrived at Stage AE Outdoors to regale us with "The Amory Wars" tale of Claudio Kilgannon's quest to protect the Keywork, but unless you are a true Coheed geek who studied the lyrics and read the graphic novels, the concept album "Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness" probably just flowed right over you. And if music is going to flow right over you, you could do worse than the New York's band third album.

"Good Apollo" is a demanding and dynamic journey that begins quietly with the orchestral "Keeping the Blade" and the acoustic ballad "Always & Never" before cranking up with punchy rockers like "Welcome Home" and "Ten Speed (Of God's Blood and Burial)" and escalating into a full-on finish in the Rush zone. And it's long, at 72 minutes. About an hour in, standing up on the hillside, I think I mumbled to myself, "I can't believe they're still playing this album."

The New York band, about to wrap up the tour, was focused, with no chatter or breaks between songs, making it a test of endurance and concentration for both the band and its fans. Safe to say that most people were with Claudio Sanchez and his crew of the duration. The singer-guitarist commands attention, not only with that impressive mane, but with the passion and range of his voice and his fast-fingered guitar work.

"Good Apollo" runs for 11 songs before it even builds in intensity for the final four-part, half-hour-long "The Willing Well," which turned up the prog factor along with the colorful light show. Coheed, using some orchestral backing tracks along the way, brought the album to a dramatic close with instrumental fireworks throughout "The Willing Well" pieces.

Re-emerging for the encore, Sanchez mentioned that Coheed took in a Pirates game while in town and noted the passing of Chris Cornell. …

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