New York rockers Coheed and Cambria bring their U.S. tour to West Des Moines' Val Air Ballroom (301 Ashworth Road) on Tuesday, February 12. Opening acts for the concert will include Russian Circles and Between the Buried and Me. The doors at the Val Air will open at 6 p.m., and the show is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $25 in advance and $28 the day of the show. They may be purchased at the Val Air box office or online through TicketWeb. This will be an all ages event.
The beginnings of Coheed and Cambria included incarnations as Toxic Parents, Beautiful Loser, and Shabutie in the mid-1990's, before finally settling on their current moniker in 1998. After 3 EP's, the band finally released their debut full-length studio album in 2002. The Second Stage Turbine Blade barely cracked the Billboard 200. Undaunted, the band released their second full-length, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3, the following year. The follow-up rose to #52 on the Billboard 200 and hit #5 on the Indie chart. That would be the spark that would ignite the band's success.
The band's next four albums all went Top 10 on the Billboard 200, and three of them also went Top 10 on the Rock chart, as well. The band charted six singles and record sales took off. 2006's "Welcome Home" would be featured on the video game Rock Band, further adding to the band's fame. This lead to Coheed and Cambria playing some of music's biggest festivals and tours, including Soundwave, The Vans Warped Tour, Kerrang!, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, Sonisphere, Wacken Open Air, and Bamboozle.
Coheed and Cambria's latest album, The Afterman: Descension, was released just three days ago. You can check out a single from the album, "Dark Side of Me", in the nearby video. The band just began a huge nationwide tour in support of their Afterman albums (Ascension, the first part of the double album, was released in August of last year), and West Des Moines was one of the first stops. This should be a spectacular "can't miss" show for Central Iowa rock fans.