Overall, a very, very good show. As a VIP, we were let in early to hear a song played "just for us." The security threatened us to no end NOT to take pictures, etc. which of course a few people promptly ignored. We were treated to a solo performance from Travis with acoustic guitar in tow. He played a song from his side project Davenport Cabinet (I believe).
This was my first time seeing Russian Circles, and although I'm not into instrumental bands, they played a decent set. The crowd was polite albeit a bit reserved. It was obvious they were there to see someone else.
Between the Buried and Me took the stage and put in an intense show for almost an hour. Of course everyone went nuts when Coheed and Cambria took the stage. They played for almost two hours, covering most of the songs on their new albums, but still played the fan faves as well.
I'm glad I saw Coheed and Cambria on the first leg of their tour. They had a lot of energy and engaged the audience. They seem like nice guys, and appeared to genuinely appreciate their fans that came out on a cold February evening.
One note on the venue, I was really impressed with the Fillmore. It was my first time there and I'm not usually too hot about driving to Detroit for...well, just about anything (I live in West MI), but even though it wasn't in the best of neighborhoods there were no problems. The old theater really is conducive to concerts, and all three bands really sounded good.
There was only one thing with which I was disappointed at the show. For my birthday my wife sprung for mezzanine tickets, and the seats were great. Unfortunately the people in my section did not stand the entire time! I really wanted to stand and go nuts, but I didn't want to be "that guy" standing in front of the fourteen year-old girls behind me. Bummer.
One among the fence!