There is one song frontman Claudio Sanchez messes up on, in a verse on the guitar. This only lasts for a few bars until he quickly falls back into where he needs to be. And hey, if you know Coheed’s music and his vocal style, you would know this is no mean feat, to play and sing like that! The crowd keep the momentum going through the whole set and when ‘Blood Red Summer‘ opens you can hear the entire crowd chanting along with the Travis’ guitar melody and a gargantuan singalong chorus “When the answers that you want, are in the questions that you state, come what may, come what may”. ‘The Light and The Glass‘ has the crowd built up so well as it crescendo’s into it’s final act – the pit just erupts – this was part of the set was truly epic.
The whole album is played masterfully, with a few new guitar sounds and dynamics to be heard live as opposed to on the studio record, and it is, quite literally, a dream come true for such a big and long term fan. Once the album has finished, the band return for three encore songs – first is the new single ‘You’ve Got Spirit Kid‘, then onto ‘Ten Speed of God’s Blood & Burial‘ and, yep, you guessed it, ‘Welcome Home‘ – the band’s unarguably most famous song guarantees that the crowd get what they came for, including Claudio’s guitar solo with his mouth (or is it his teeth?).
As a fan, obviously there are infinite songs I would have liked to have had included in the set; I don’t think I had seen ‘Ten Speed‘ played live, it was ace. I wish it were possible for just one more encore song but the band were on an extremely tight schedule as they had to get over to Amsterdam for a show the following day. Being on my own and watching the set and how the crowd were responding, was not normally how I would spend a Coheed show – usually we’re in the pit singing our god-awful voices out and making friends along the way, but it was great to get a bigger crowd behind them. The evening was such a mild temperature, it was almost the perfect atmosphere.