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Coheed and Cambria reveling in 10 years of rocking

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011

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The hard rock group Coheed and Cambria is on the road this year celebrating 10 years since it recorded its debut album, “The Second Stage Turbine Blade.”

And guitarist Travis Stever confesses to being a little stunned the band has reached that mark.

“Some of it feels like 10 seconds, and some of it feels like 100 years,” says Stever, 32, who’s been playing in bands with Coheed frontman Claudio Sanchez since the early ’90s. “We’ve been together through a lot, thick and thin. We’ve enjoyed a lot of amazing times together, but we’ve also been touring nine months out of the year for the last 10 years.

“Just like anything, it can get frustrating or trying at times, but the passion we all have is the music, and we get to share that. In that case, it feels like 10 seconds. I’m just so surprised we’ve made it to where we are, where people (care) to come out to these shows. You start out playing in basements and sleeping on top of equipment in a van, and now we’re riding a bus and have a couple thousand people or more coming out to see us every night.

“That feels like a real accomplishment.”

The quartet, however, is in a position of resetting itself. The current tour features a three-hour show that includes an acoustic section, a performance of “Turbine Blade” in its entirety and other surprises — plus a brand new song called “Iron Fist.” But Coheed brought the narrative, conceptual story it started with “Turbine Blade” to a close on last year’s “Year of the Black Rainbow,” and as it’s between record company deals, Stever says the group isn’t planning to rush its next project.

“There’s a lot of ideas floating around,” he notes. “I have a feeling that whatever the band decides to do, it’s gonna be great. We’re in a great place, even after 10 years. The main point is everybody’s working on music constantly, but nothing’s set in stone — which it shouldn’t be yet.

“This is going to be the last tour for a little while so we can take our time to work on new stuff and figure out what we’re doing. I can’t remember a time in the past 10 years when there wasn’t weeks or months ahead that were planned already. So it’s nice to have the luxury of time for a change. We want to see what that’s like.”

Coheed and Cambria perform Friday, April 29, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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