Sadly, the long-running and legendary ProgPower USA has been forced to cancel their 2020 weekend-long festival in September. Promoter Glenn Harveston took to social media to announce that ProgPower USA XXI, the annual Atlanta event is canceled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rescheduled for September 8 – 11, 2021. “We can’t social distance in the venue (Centerstage) which is sold out.” The festival has rebooked for 2021 and launched a GoFundMe campaign to try and recover the lost monies from their $14,000 lost to a one-time US Visa application. On the plus side 19 of this year’s anticipated 21 acts have reconfirmed for next year. Theyhavealreadyreceived 25K of the 14k goal. Continue reading
My issue with Thank You Scientist’s Terraformer (Evil Ink) is the same problem I have with Luca Guadagnino’s recent take on the Suspiria: don’t confuse self-indulgence with genius. I appreciate the balls it takes to drop an 84-minute opus and these New Jersey natives are fucking talented players, but do they really have nearly an hour and a half of captivating sounds? Unless your name is Bob Dylan or The Cure I’m not sure I need such a serving. Continue reading
Prog masters Coheed And Cambria returned to their roots on their recent new album, The Unheavenly Creatures, out now on Roadrunner. Now the band has announced a headline tour of the USA with direct support coming from Maps & Atlases and Thank You Scientist, on some dates, with Foxing supporting them on others. All dates are listed below. Also, you can watch a live performance video of their previous single ‘The Dark Sentencer’, now. Continue reading
Continuing on their run in support of Transcendence, the Devin Townsend Project has announced two weeks of new shows here in the States. Continue reading
Coheed and Cambria have announced a short fall tour. Direct support will come from Glassjaw on one date and Cursive on four others. Thank You Scientist will open each show. Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 14th.
Oct 11: The Stone Pony Summerstage – Asbury Park, NJ*
Oct 13: Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH #
Oct 14: The Pageant – St. Louis, MO#
Oct 17: The Cotillion Ballroom – Wichita, KS#
Oct 18: The District – Sioux Falls, SD#
*with Glassjaw and Thank You Scientist
# with Cursive and Thank You Scientist
Periphery, Nothing More, Wovenwar and Thank You Scientist will be venturing on a North American tour in January.
NOTHING MORE w/ Periphery, Wovenwar & Thank You Scientist
Jan 10: Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
Jan 11: The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
Jan 12: The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Jan 13: The Orpheum – Ybor City, FL
Jan 14: Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Jan 16: House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
Jan 17: House of Blues – Houston, TX
Jan 18: House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Jan 20: Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
Jan 21: Club Red – Tempe, AZ (Phoenix)
Jan 22: House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA (Los Angeles)
Jan 23: The Yost Theater – Santa Ana, CA (Anaheim)
Jan 26: The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
Jan 27: Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Jan 28: El Corazon – Seattle, WA
Jan 30: In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 31: The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
Feb 02: Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN
Feb 03: House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Feb 04: St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
Feb 06: The Opera House – Toronto, ON
Feb 07: Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
Feb 08: Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY (Albany)
Feb 09: Waterstreet Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Feb 11: Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
Feb 13: The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
Feb 14: District N9ne – Philadelphia, PA
I went with my brother and a friend to see Coheed and Cambria’s Neverender Tour with special opener Thank You, Scientist. This tour is in celebration of the tenth anniversary of In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, and the band has played the album through from start to finish across the country. Having missed their full “Neverender” set (spanning the entirety of their first 4 albums) in New York years ago, this opportunity seemed too good to pass up. While we managed to get VIP tickets for the show, we missed out on the meet-and-greet “Platinum” tickets that were available for pre-sale. The “Gold” VIP tickets came with a VIP lanyard card, and allowed for a half hour early entrance and a special acoustic song by the band.
We arrived at the House of Blues Boston about an hour before we were due to be let in. Once they started shuffling us into the venue, we took a curious turn by walking through the venue, out a back door, and around to a side door which led into the actual stage area. We filled in with the platinum VIP holders, and were greeted with a wonderful acoustic cover of the Jimmy Eat World track ‘A Praise Chorus‘. Once the song ended, the doors officially opened and we had another hour or so before Thank You, Scientist would take the stage.
Thank You, Scientist is the first act to be signed to Claudio Sanchez’s Evil Ink label, branching out from comics and into the realm of up-and-coming musical talent. As a large act (7 people playing 20+ instruments), they can definitely fill a stage, and they do it well. With songs equally catchy and crushing, Thank You, Scientist present a very eclectic cross-section of what the prog genre can be. On top of your standard prog-metal musicians, they also have 2 brass players and a lead violinist, who all worked off each other satisfyingly well. Lead vocalist Salvatore Marrano’s strange stage antics and strong voice tied everything together for a wonderfully off-kilter performance.
As Coheed and Cambria were preparing to go on, a giant three-dimensional Keywork logo was revealed, illuminated by lights built into the logo itself. The house lights cut out to a single spotlight illuminating a ringing phone onstage, cuing the entry of the band during their opening track, ‘The Ring in Return‘. The crowds’ eagerness was palpable; as soon as the song started, bodies were already moving through the air. Whatever breathing room we had was gone, as everyone pushed to get as close to the stage as possible. Unfortunately, I was quickly forced to resign myself to a corner by the merch booth for most of the set. However, in spite my location, I had a great view of the band as they continued to move flawlessly from each song to the next.
The title track, ‘In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3‘, hit the crowd like a bomb. Opening up with a fan favorite that would normally close out their set, people wasted no time throwing themselves around and screaming their hearts out for the entirety of the eight minute track. The crowd’s intensity only increased from there, as the band went directly into ‘Cuts Marked in the March of Men‘, Claudio’s voice soaring through the thunderous riffs and time changes that made this album hold up perfectly ten years later.
The band played through the entire album flawlessly, with some highlights including ‘The Crowing‘ and ‘A Favor House Atlantic‘. I found myself completely engrossed by the atmosphere they were creating, and was caught completely off guard when they started playing ‘The Light and the Glass‘. A longtime favorite of mine that I thought I’d never hear live, the band played through it like it was a permanent fixture on their set list.
The first track to get encored was ’21:13′, the hidden track on In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (Columbia). As another track that almost never gets played, I felt exceedingly fortunate to see both live in one set. Following ’21:13′, they played the track ‘Neverender’ (From Second Stage Turbine Blade), another fan favorite and the namesake of the tour. Coheed and Cambria took a moment off stage to switch instruments before their second encore set, starting with ‘Goodnight, Fair Lady‘ (The Afterman: Ascension), followed by ‘Number City‘ (From The Afterman: Descension). Claudio invited The horn section from Thank You, Scientist onstage to play along with them for ‘Number City’, for what ended up being the one of the most entertaining songs of the night.
For the final encore of the night, two tracks from Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, ‘Ten Speed (of God’s Blood and Burial)‘ and ‘Welcome Home‘ were played. The raw energy being put out by the band was impressive, considering how long they had been playing already. The Neverender Tour is a fabulous idea and an incredible experience. I sincerely hope they’ll be returning with other albums from their catalog.