Coheed and Cambria have organized a benefit show in New York City for Alzheimer’s Disease on October 19, 2007 at the Highline Ballroom, as part of the CMJ Music Marathon. The band has joined forces with the New York Chapter of The Alzheimer’s Association (www.alznyc.org) for what’s billed as “A concert to help end Alzheimer’s.” Coheed will perform a full set with some surprises at this rare club appearance. All proceeds from the concert will go to the organization, and donations will be requested online.
On October 23rd, Coheed and Cambria will release its new album, “NO WORLD FOR TOMORROW.” The album is dedicated to the memory of Antonia Cristiano, vocalist/guitarist Claudio Sanchez’ aunt, whose life was claimed last year by Alzheimer’s. Cristiano — a psychologist who counseled the group early in their career and literally kept Coheed and Cambria from breaking up in 2002 — was the inspiration for “Justice in Murder,” a key song on the new record.
About the benefit, Sanchez said: “”This benefit is sort of my way of saying goodbye. My Aunt Toni lived in Manhattan and loved Manhattan.
This disease ravaged her and our family. It’s hard for me to talk about, but if we can help fight this disease and encourage others to help fight it, then her loss wasn’t totally in vain.”
“It’s so encouraging to know that a generation of young people are getting involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s,” said Lou-Ellen Barkan, President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter. “By the year 2050 when Coheed and Cambria fans are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s, one in five New Yorkers will either have the disease or will be caring for someone who does. Our sincere thanks go out to Coheed and Cambria for generously sharing their talent, and supporting programs and services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association New York City Chapter.”
“NO WORLD FOR TOMORROW” is Coheed and Cambria’s fourth record, and second for Columbia. The new record follows the successful and critically acclaimed “Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV, Vol 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness,” which peaked at number seven on the “Billboard Top 200.”
Coheed and Cambria (Sanchez – vocals, guitar; Travis Stever – guitar; Mic Todd – bass) spent the first half of 2007 working on “NO WORLD FOR TOMORROW”
in Los Angeles with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Stone Sour) and mixer Randy Staub (Metallica, Nickelback). With original drummer Joshua Eppard out of the band, Coheed recruited Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters to play drums on the record.
“No World For Tomorrow” marks the apex and final chapter of “The Amory Wars,” the conceptual, apocalyptic storyline which runs through the band’s previous albums — “The Second Stage Turbine Blade” (2002), “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3” (2003), and “Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness”
(2005) – and chronicles the trials and tribulations of main characters Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon and their children as they fight to save civilization.
Coheed and Cambria will embark on an extensive North American fall headline tour beginning Monday, October 29 in Toronto and winding up at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory on Wednesday, November 28 (see full itinerary following). Support acts on the tour include rock veteran’s Clutch and The Fall of Troy.
Online donations to the cause can be made here.