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Coheed And Cambria's Claudio Sanchez on Reading, Pink Floyd and extreme metal

We catch up with US progressive sci-fi rockers Coheed And Cambria ahead of their appearances at Reading and Leeds Festivals

This month Coheed And Cambria play the Reading and Leeds Festivals, plus some indoor shows. As a kid growing up in New York, were you aware of the Reading Festival?

Only in some disconnected other universe. It almost felt like those festivals weren’t real. So to be able to be part of them is a fantasy come true.

Your career was inspired by seeing Pink Floyd in 1994.

That and seeing Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio were what made me want to do this for a living.

But you also appreciated extreme metal.

I was very open-minded when it came to music. Another huge record for me was Nothing Like The Sun by Sting, and that was practically a jazz album.

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