There’s nothing better than a beautiful breeze near the beach and some music. Fans of Coheed and Cambria were given a real treat when the band stopped in Asbury Park at the Stone Pony Summer Stage for “The Unheavenly Skye Tour” with Every Time I Die and Mastodon. The weather was beautiful, and the crowd was able to enjoy a great night out.
Opening the show was the Buffalo hardcore band Every Time I Die. The band got the crowd pumped up and moving. I watched pits open up, crowd surfers go over the barricade, and fans scream along to the incredible vocals from Keith Buckley. ETID is a band I am quite familiar with and this set, like the others I’ve seen from them, was so tight and flawless.
Hitting the stage after ETID was Mastodon. From the minute they took the stage, head banging ensued and fans threw up their metal horns to jam out. Mastodon was fun to watch on stage as Troy Sanders gave us some sick looking back bends. I was pretty impressed by Mastodon’s live sound, even though their music normally isn’t my cup of tea. The band performed “Crack the Skye” in its entirety for the 10-year anniversary of the album, a special moment for fans.
When Coheed and Cambria took the stage, the sun had pretty much set for the most part and the lights of the stage illuminated the outdoor venue space. Fans geared up and were able to jam out to songs such as “The Dark Sentencer”, “A Favor House Atlantic”, and “Gravity’s Union”. I found my eyes glued to drummer Josh Eppard, as he wildly beat away on the drums, and on vocalist Claudio Sanchez as he majestically flipped his hair while jamming out and presenting some great vocals. Coheed was just as good live as everyone had told me they would be. The band closed the show out with their most popular song “Welcome Home”, and it was one of the strongest endings you could have for a show. The entire venue filled with the famous chorus of “ohs” that are heard at the end of the song and the entire crowd went crazy. It was such a powerful crowd moment!
If you’re a fan of heavy music, I would advise taking the opportunity to catch Coheed and Cambria at least once in your life. After seeing them you, simply cannot deny the amount of talent the band has.
Nicole DiBenedetto is a photographer based out of New Jersey. She likes making new friends and meeting new people so catch her out in the pit and say hi!