Coheed and Cambria @ House of Blues, Houston, TX

Words and photos by Chris Brown
Coheed and Cambria brought to Houston a performance like I’ve not seen in some time.  As with the previous series of Neverender tour dates, Coheed and Cambria presented us with the entirety of Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, Volume 1: From Fear through the Eyes of Madness (a mouthful I know. We’ll just call it “GAIBSIV”.)

I’ve attended dozens of shows at House of Blues venues all over the country, particularly in Houston.  I thought I’ve been to some big shows before but this place was absurdly packed.  Even the typical empty mezzanine level was filled with eager fans.  Wall to wall, the bottom floor was absolutely full.  The merch line for Coheed was so long that it was about five people wide and went through the entire crowd and near the entrance.  I had to push my way through the masses to make my way to the photo pit access…and that’s where I stayed.  After making my way to a point where I could freely move my arms, I took a moment to admire the number of fans still coming out to support a band that has been making music as long as these guys have.

As soon as the lights cut out, and the screeching sounds of “Keeping the Blade” start, the loudest roar I’ve heard inside of a House of Blues erupts from the crowd.  As Claudio approaches the singly lit microphone with this acoustic guitar over his shoulder, the crowd quiets down as he begins the melody of “Always and Never”, creating a nostalgic singalong with everyone in attendance.

Getting into popular tunes such as “Welcome Home” and “The Suffering”, the guys quickly picked up the energy and carried the crowd through an incredible night in Houston, ending the night with the end track of the album, "The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut".

Overall a very awesome show!

Coheed and Cambria Set list – House of Blues – Houston, TX

1.  Keeping the Blade
2.  Always and Never
3.  Welcome Home
4.  Ten Speed (Of God's Blood and Burial)
5.  Crossing the Frame
6.  Apollo I: The Writing Writer
7.  Once Upon Your Dead Body
8.  Wake Up
9.  The Suffering
10.  The Lying Lies & Dirty Secrets of Miss Erica Court
11.  Mother May I
12.  The Willing Well I: Fuel for the Feeding End
13.  The Willing Well II: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
14.  The Willing Well III: Apollo II: The Telling Truth
15.  The Willing Well IV: The Final Cut

Photos of the show are below:

Contributed by Chris Brown
Coheed and Cambria @ House of Blues, Houston, TX Coheed and Cambria @ House of Blues, Houston, TX Reviewed by Scott Rowe, Editor on 12:00:00 PM Rating: 5

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