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  • Writer's pictureBill Hernandez

Coheed & Cambria, Along With Taking Back Sunday, Deliver The Goods In Miami

On what was a hot, humid, and cloudy night in Miami, three bands took the stage and left their mark on the Bayside Amphitheater on this Friday night.

Bayside, which is located next to the bay in Miam, could not have been a better place to have this concert on a summer night. Surrounded by skyscrapers and the famous Intercontinental Hotel, with it's lighted "Dancing Girl" on the side of the structure, was pefect to watch as the bands were playing.

The first band to take the stage was The Story So Far. I am very disappointed that we were not able to see this band as the Miami traffic delayed us from arriving at the venue for their set. Nonetheless, the buzz from the crowd was that The Story So Far set the performance bar high. With that said, we grabbed a drink and watched the roadies ready the stage for Taking Back Sunday.

TBS hits the stage to a roaring crowd and began their set with "What It Feels Like To Be A Ghost". The sound vibrated throughout the city and people living in the condos across from the Amphitheater were throwing little parties on their balconies while taking in the show from high above.

The lighting for this show was amazing and on point. I can't be sure if the venue was responsible for this great lighting or if it came with the tour, but it made for a great production.

"You Can't Look Back", "LIar", and "You're So Last Summer" also dominated the set with "Tidal Wave" and "MakeDamnSure" closed out their performance. Fantastic vocals and musicianship are what keep Taking Back Sunday fans coming back for more.

Following set change number two, the lights go down and there is darkness. The light piano begins to play, followed by narration that is the "Prologue". The guitar fills in towards the end and the drums sound a segue into "The Dark Sentencer". Welcome to Coheed and Cambria!

Fans are on their feet, and remain there through the entire show. The clouds above turn darker and the threat of rain is looming in the air, but the crowd is oblivious to this."Time Consumer", "Devil In Jersey City", and ""In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth:3" Follow. Claudio Sanshez, and his hair, are stellar, while Travis Stever accompanies him on guitar. Josh Eppard (drums) and Zach Cooper (bass) round oud out the foresome and all are in the pocket and playing tight.

The concert ended with the much anticipated "Wake Up" and "Welcome Home". It never did rain on this Friday night and the talk walking out of the venue was that this was clearly one of Coheed and Cambrias' best shows. If you are feeling adventurous and like to road-trip, this tour will be in Tampa on Saturday, and Jacksonville on Sunday. What a great way to spend the weekend.


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