On July 26th, 2018 Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday as well as The Story So Far graced the Huntington Bank Pavilion in Chicago with their Summer Tour.
The tour was almost at a conclusion on this day; it was quite a show to look out for due to the high energy each band produced and the different styles of Rock you were able to witness all in one night!
Drummer Mark O'Connell from Taking Back Sunday stated, “It’s funny, we’ve been friends all of this time, but we’ve never done a full tour together. We ran into each other at some festivals last year and got to talking about it and here we are.”
And all we can say is we are glad you guys did because it was truly a night and tour to remember! Check out the photos below to witness just how epic this show was!
For example, starting off the night was Pop-Punk sensation The Story So Far. Their upcoming fourth studio album is featured in the banner above; titled 'Proper Dose' it will be released September 21st, 2018 via Pure Noise Records. Parker Cannon (Vocals), Kelen Capener (Bass), Kevin Geyer (Lead Guitar), Ryan Torf (Drums), and Will Levy (Rhythm Guitar) came out prepared to start the party and that exactly what they did right from the start with their hits from 2011 to 2018.
Their high energy songs with their killer sound got the people going as you could see the crowd surfers soar through top of the crowd that was constantly jumping. For a second, it was like we were at Warped Tour with how alive it was. If an opening band can make a venue compare to that scene, then The Story So Far is definitely a band to keep a look out for in your city.
After The Story So Far set the bar high at the Huntington Bank Pavilion, the crowd couldn’t contain their anticipation for Taking Back Sunday.
As the lights came on, Taking Back Sunday took the stage and you could tell right away that their lead singer, Adam Lazzara, was going to microphone flip his way through a fantastic set as they dropped “What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?” from the hit album Louder Now (2006).
Taking Back Sunday is simply an experience to see and that is the best way to explain it, due to the fact that you get such a variety of Rock in the setlist. Just by hearing Adam Lazzara, John Nolan (Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Backup Vocals), Shaun Cooper (Bass), and Mark O'Connell (Drums, Percussion) collaborate with each other, it is no surprise that Taking Back Sunday has been successfully touring for many years.
They feed off each other in so many ways and as a result it comes together to form such a unique show that plays every song to perfection. Toward the end of the setlist, Taking Back Sunday took time before the last song to pay tribute to the headliner, Coheed and Cambria. Adam Lazzara, hyping up the crowd more than it already was, started a Coheed chant before they dropped their chart-topping hit “Make Damn Sure” from the album Louder Now. With the audience screaming back the lyrics at Adam, it was an remarkable way to end such a special set before the powerhouse Coheed and Cambria took over.
Like we said, this Summer Tour was unique and very well put together due to the intense energy and the fact that you get to observe a variety of Rock styles and genres in the same night. This is especially with headliner Coheed and Cambria, since they can range from Indie to Progressive, to Metal and even forms of Punk with a hint of Pop in the hooks.
Either way, Coheed and Cambria is a must-see as Claudio Sanchez (Vocals), Travis Stever (Guitars, Lap Steel Guitar, Backing Vocals), Josh Eppard (Drums), and Zach Cooper (Bass, Backing Vocals) tear up the stage with their killer sound paired with a lightshow that goes unmatched.
Coheed and Cambria, just like their albums, elevated the crowd as they took us on a journey for thirteen songs starting with a Prologue that lead into “The Dark Sentencer” off the new album Vaxis – Act I: The Unheavenly Creatures (2018).
Front man Claudio Sanchez took the Huntington Bank Pavilion by storm as he showed off his powerful and unique voice making it known that he’s been the lead vocalist since 1996; each note is on point while shredding his variety of guitars.
Another thing that doesn’t go unnoticed, are the bands antics that really get the crowd fully into the moment with them. For instance, as Sanchez is slashing through his double electric guitar, he heightens the moment by starting to shred the chords using his mouth! One moment that really stood out though was when Coheed and Cambria blared their hit “Welcome Home” off the album Good Apollo, Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness (2005) and the reaction it received. Easily being one of their biggest hits, “Welcome Home” shook the venue as the sold-out crowd gave everything they had for it being the last song.
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