EDSBS failed in their write-in campaign for Justin Bieber, but as we’ve mentioned, a group of Auburn students did manage to Facebook Coheed and Cambria‘s “Welcome Home” into the semi-finals of the great Auburn intro vote-off.
TWER remains more impressed by the gumption than the song-choice—I was personally hoping we would just beam the Greyson Chance version of “Paparazzi” straight to the HD and splice it randomly with the interceptions of ’94 (AubOrange – this message will self-destruct in five seconds)—but we were curious as to what Coheed and Cambria, a not-too-mainstream prog-metal act inspired, essentially, by a comic book, thought about possibly soundtracking the adrenaline of 87,000 football fans.
So we asked them—specifically, Fraggle-haired frontman Claudio Sanchez.
TWER: This year, Auburn fans had the opportunity to vote on the song that would serve as the soundtrack to the video that plays as the team runs onto the field. There was a successful student-led campaign to include “Welcome Home” on the ballot. The other choices: “All I Do is Win” by DJ Khaled, “Vox Populii” by 30 Seconds to Mar, “Tiger Walk'”(a rap song by a former player), “Welcome to the Show” by Saliva (previously used), “Show Stopper” by Toby Mac, “Boom” by POD (previously used), and “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC. Voting has ended, but the results won’t be known until the first game of the season, Sept 4. Has the band heard anything about this? Any thoughts? You played a little football growing up, right?
Sanchez: I didn’t play much football as a kid, honestly. I tried out, but knew I could hurt myself, and what I really wanted to do was play guitar. I didn’t want to risk not being able to do that. Travis played a lot of football, though! I think it’d be really cool if our song won – I think it’d be a great fit.