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In photos: Incubus and Coheed and Cambria at LOBP

Incubus played to a sold-out crowd in downtown Wilmington earlier this week. (MoonFrog Media/Tom Dorgan)

WILMINGTON — Riverfront Park’s Live Oak Bank Pavilion was turned up to 100 on Wednesday, May 23, as two ’90s rock outfits electrified their fan base at a sold-out 7,000-seat show.

READ MORE: From nu metal to rock mainstream, Incubus strives to keep things fresh 3 decades in

Incubus formed in 1991 in Calabasas, California, and has released eight studio albums to date, selling 23 million worldwide. Consisting of Brandon Boyd (lead vocals), Mike Einziger (guitar), Jose Pasillas (drums), Chris Kilmore (keyboards), and Ben Kenney (bass), the nu-metal-turned-rock-mainstream outfit incorporates alternative rock, heavy metal, and pop in their sound.

On tour this year, a new temporary member, Nicole Row, is stepping in on bass, as Kenney recovers from surgery.

As part of the band’s setup were screen backdrops, allowing folks in the lawn to see the group as well, often overlaid with geometric designs and morphing visuals. Wilmington concert-goers have requested screens be added to the pavilion permanently, as there is little slope on the field often obstructing the view.

In addition to playing through their catalog, Incubus performed a handful of covers, including “Come Together” by the Beatles, as well as a mashup Doors’ tribute with “Are You In?” and “Riders on the Storm.” The group also blended their own 2002 track “Wish You Were Here” with rock icon Pink Floyd’s version.

The show opened with special guests, Coheed and Cambria, who recently released the new album, “Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind.”

Around since 1995, CaC consists of Claudio Sanchez (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Travis Stever (guitar, vocals), Josh Eppard (drums, keyboard, baking vocals), and Zach Cooper (bass). The progressive rock band’s 10 releases are concept-themed, based on a science fiction storyline called “The Amory Wars.” Six reached the Billboard Top 10.

Incubus and Coheed and Cambria joined forces only during a handful of shows on this tour, with Wilmington as its first stop, followed by show in Columbia, S.C., and Rogers, AR.

“The bands were energetic and commanded the stage,” photographer Tom Dorgan told PCD, who captured shots from the show. “Both sounded great.”

Below are scenes of each band and their respective setlists.

Incubus:

Karma
Privilege
A Crow Left of the Murder
Anna Molly
Just a Phase
Nice to Know You
Glitterbomb
The Warmth
Echo
Come Together (Beatles)
Here in My Room
Sick Sad World
Vitamin
In the Company of Wolves
Are You In? (with “Riders in the Storm,” The Doors)
Pardon Me
Stellar
Dig
Wish You Were Here (with Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”)

Encore:
On Without Me
Drive

Coheed and Cambria setlist:

Beautiful Losers
Shoulders
No World for Tomorrow
The Running Free
A Favor House Atlantic
A Disappearing Act
The Liars Club
The Suffering
Ladders of Supremacy
Welcome Home


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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