Continuing our highlights from Day 2 of FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL 2013

NY prog-rockers COHEED AND CAMBRIA were up next on the White Stage, opening their set with their infamous pop-rock track “A Favor House Atlantic” from their second album “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3.”

Since forming in 1995, the band has released seven studio albums, the most commercially successful being their third offering “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness” which garnered them huge success in the US and worldwide.

Coheed has a very loyal following of die-hard fans, who dutifully snatch up the group’s graphic novels (all written by the group’s lead vocalist and founder Claudio Sanchez) which are based on the concept behind all of their songs, a post-apocalyptic science fiction tale featuring protagonists named Coheed and Cambria.

The backdrop to their performance at Fuji Rock was a gigantic poster version of the cover of their latest album “The Afterman: Descension” which certainly tied in nicely with the overall doomy sci-fi vibe of their set. Sanchez, with his irrefutable guitar skills and face hidden behind a signature fro, is normally the real attention grabber at Coheed shows, but on Saturday drummer Josh Eppard was wildly flailing his arms and pulling fearsome facial expressions rivalling the strangeness of the backdrop, drawing the majority of the audience’s attention. They closed with epic track “Welcome Home” to enormous applause from satisfied fans.

Coheed and Cambria will soon be touring throughout the US and Europe, starting October 16th in New Jersey.