(Pic: Coheerd & Cambria)
Kerrang Tour 2008 – Manchester Academy 1 – 1.2.08
Tonight’s KERRANG TOUR show was always going to be a sell-out, with a superbly strong line up of already well established acts; CIRCA SURIVE, FIGHTSTAR, MADINA LAKE and COHEED AND CAMBRIA. Their ever growing popularity reflected in the queues of people ready and waiting for the early doors of 6.45pm, with some having even been at the venue since midday!
Unfortunately, due to problems with my guest list, I missed openers CIRCA SURVIVE (and disappointingly for me, they were the band I was most looking forward to seeing). The band are the least high-profile on tonight’s bill (with FIGHTSTAR and COHEED already having headlined tonight’s venue in previous years) but having witnessed them live recently it is only a matter of time before their original and energetic brand of technical alt-rock becomes discovered by the masses.
Headliners tonight COHEED AND CAMBRIA have a lot to follow, many of the younger members in tonight’s crowd were obviously here to see Madina Lake, but the band hit the stage with new album track ‘No World For Tommorow’ with an epic style that is impossible to ignore. The bands sound, much like their records, is huge and technically impressive but a lot of the subtleties in the records are lost in the live performance. That’s not to say its not a good show, every Coheed fan is standing around smiling, singing along to every high pitched lyric and as the band kick into a cover song a roar of applause arises at the realisation of the band they are covering is Iron Maiden. The band continue to play “Feathers” and “Running Free”, both from their recent album release “No World For Tommorow” and finish with obvious favourite “In Keeping Secrets…”. The band then leave the stage briefly before being chanted back to return to play encore “Welcome Home”, a triumphant return to Manchester for an excellent and talented band.
Word& Photos: Mark Forrer - www.markforrer.co.uk
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MADINA LAKE - GALLERY
FIGHTSTAR - GALLERY
COHEED & CAMBRIA