Coheed and Cambria & The Dear Hunter
Aragon Ballroom // Chicago, IL // May 19, 2017
Photos by Kate Scott
On Friday night, thousands of Chicagoans filled the ethereal Aragon Ballroom to take in Coheed and Cambria. The prog-rock legends played their iconic album Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV in its entirety–something they have never done while on tour. The band’s album tells the story of Claudio, the child of Coheed and Cambria, and his quest to discover the truth about his murdered family. While the album unravels this epic story, each song is powerful on its own and can be enjoyed by anyone.
The Dear Hunter opened for Coheed and Cambria and set the mood for melodic powerhouse songs. The band originated as a side project for Casey Crescenzo while he was still a member of The Receiving End of Sirens. The side project eventually turned into Crescenzo’s full-time gig. The band is known for intense storytelling and songs that progress from soft and quiet to aggressive and passionate. It’s no wonder that they opened for Coheed and Cambria on the first half of this tour.
Coheed’s frontman and vocalist Claudio Sanchez opened the show with an acoustic guitar and tamed vocals before switching to his iconic double-neck guitar and blowing the roof off the Aragon. During the second song of the night, Sanchez jumped off the stage and ran into the crowd, playing a guitar solo while throngs of fans patted him on the back and threw their heads back in unison. The band never let up, giving their fans a once in a lifetime experience to hear GAIBSIV live from start to finish.
Coheed and Cambria are headed to Europe at the beginning of June and will be playing in Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom.