The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter played host for GRAMMYs On The Road At The Beale Street Music Festival, held May 4–6 as part of the Memphis in May International Festival. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists performing at the festival, including rock band Coheed And Cambria.
Coheed And Cambria drummer Joshua Eppard and guitarist Travis Stever discussed their favorite GRAMMY moments, most memorable career moments, music education, and advice for aspiring artists, among other topics.
"Right now [is] kind of a new time for Coheed [And Cambria]," said Stever. "There [are] new memories being built right now."
Fronted by vocalist/guitarist Claudio Sanchez, Coheed And Cambria were originally formed in New York in 1995 under the name Shabutie. The band officially emerged as Coheed And Cambria in 2001 and the following year released their full-length debut, The Second Stage Turbine Blade, recorded as the second installment of a five-part fictional saga surrounding two characters, Coheed and Cambria. In 2003 the band released In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3, which peaked at No. 52 on the Billboard 200, followed by 2005's Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness, which climbed to No. 7. Coheed And Cambria experienced several shifts in lineup the following year, including the temporary departure of bassist Michael Todd and the temporary departure of Eppard. With former Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Chris Pennie, in 2007 the band released Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Volume 2: No World For Tomorrow, the second part of the saga's two-tiered conclusion, which peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. The band returned in 2011 with Year Of The Black Rainbow, which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, the band's highest-charting album to date.
Eppard has since rejoined Coheed And Cambria. "At least once a day I go, 'Wow, I can't believe that I'm back in Coheed And Cambria," Eppard said. "It just couldn't be more amazing and more special."