With an early gate of 6pm I was surprised at how quickly Stubb's filled up to capacity but fans of Canadian prog rockers Coheed & Cambria had lined up early to secure a spot near the stage. A sold out show, the line stretched all the way to to interstate before the venue opened and it was jam packed by the time I squeezed my way to the pit.
I was late and had missed the first opener but I was glad I made it in time to see the second, Pennsylvania based Circa Survive. Fronted by former Saosin vocalist Anthony Green, they laid down a blistering set, that almost had trouble keeping up with the energy of Green's frenetic dancing(imagine overheated grasshoppers on a meth binge) or his Perry Ferrell-esque vocals. I want to see these guys again when they come back as headliners.
Coheed & Cambria's set started out rocky when frontman/guitar wizard Claudio Sanchez first guitar was out of tune and his mic refused to work. Angrily tossing the guitar offstage Sanchez then ran and jumped into the audience and sang along with them while the techs worked out the bugs. Returning to the stage he was handed another out of tune guitar but eventually got it worked out and rapidly the hair was flying again as he raced through his catalog. Click here for the rest of the Coheed & Cambria pics. Click here for the Circa Survive pics.