Written By | Jordan Mahoney
The energy inside of the Toyota Music Factory in Irving, TX was full of excitement as fans began to pile in for Coheed and Cambria & The Used’s first tour together in nearly 20 years. The last time they toured together was in 2003, and you could see the happiness on all the faces of those attending.
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Meet Me at the Altar – an American all woman pop punk band who all met online – kicked the night off with an extremely high energy performance that consisted of originals and covers. These ladies’ first tour was in 2018 but you would have thought they’d been touring for years. MMATA had huge smiles on their faces the entire performance and engaged with the crowd, reading the energy and giving it right back.
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The Used, co-headlining, was up next as all the lights went out except for the well-known heart from their album titled “In Love and Death.” As the heart began to flash to the sound of a beating heart and raise up, fans couldn’t help but start yelling loudly for their favorite band to come on. Seeing as the band has been around for 20 years, they played a great mix of old and new songs, which of course included The Taste of Ink and Pretty Handsome Awkward. The height of their performance was likely when Bret McCracken (lead vocals) had the crowd begin a circle pit while he recited his favorite sonnet by Shakespeare, it’s definitely never a dull moment when Bret’s on the microphone.
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Coheed and Cambria came in with a bang by performing In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 and fans did not hesitate to immediately get to head banging, jumping and dancing around, and yelling every lyric. Old and new fans alike shared the same joy of seeing one of their favorite bands for the first time, or tenth, with extra added excitement as this was the first concert since before last year for many! Beach balls were flying around and you could feel the floor shaking from everyone getting out of their seats and jump dancin’ around. They certainly did not let us down with a perfectly curated setlist, which of course included hits like Jessie’s Girl 2 (a sequel to Rick Springfield’s popular 80’s hit), Devil in Jersey City, and A Favor House Atlantic. They closed out with The Willing Well IV: Final Cut. The lights went out, and less than a minute later Coheed came back out with two more encore songs. Fans didn’t have a chance to shout “one more song,” though they certainly would have given the time! Coheed closed the Irving show out with Unheavenly Creatures and Welcome Home and though fans were sad for the concert to end they left happily knowing their favorite band formed in 1995 was still going strong and rocking more than ever!
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