The Deftones were in town at the House of Blues on Friday night (Aug 27), and what a show it was in front of a sold out crowd. The place was packed and it was great see these guys in front of such an enthusiastic crowd. The band has definitely grown over the years and sounded great. It has been 12 years since I have checked out the Deftones and I was not disappointed.
The band's stage set up seemed a little more than usual for the HOB, but it gave Chino a birds eye view of the crowd. It was around 10pm the band took the stage and cranked out two of my favorite tracks "Be Quiet and Drive" and "My Own Summer (Shove It). I remember when I had to wait to hear those tunes, and this time I couldn't wait to hear what else the band was going to crank out with a catalog of material under their belt. Chino is a pretty killer front man and is always working the crowd to get involved in all the songs, something that I think is missing from a lot of bands these days. The guys busted out "Rocket Skates", from their latest release early in the set as well, and I wasn't expecting it until near the end of the show.
When you meet Deftones drummer, Abe Cunningham, you would never guess this guy was the man behind the drum kit of this intense band. The man who has replaced Chi on bass has some big shoes to fill and definitely does the job. The guy was crazy good. The Deftones are such an energetic and powerful band to catch live, and 2 minutes into the second song the crowd surfing began. I love watching the fans crowd surf, and its always awesome to see them on top of the crowd and then they are just gone when they either get dropped or make it to the stage.
Chino busts out the guitar and plays rhythm on a few songs in the set now, which is something he didn't do in the bands earlier days.
"Change (In the House of Flys)" a more mellow tune from the band, but it gets the entire crowd singing along. I can only imagine what a kick ass feeling that is to have 2500 people in a sold out venue singing your lyrics. The band rounded out their set with "Nosebleed" and came out for their encore. I was hoping to hear "Engine No 9", earlier and as the night progressed I was hoping it would be the next tune. When the close of the first set happened I didn't think they would play it, but I was wrong. The guys busted it out for the first song of the encore and the crowd went crazy.
The Deftones are definitely not a show for everyone, but their intensity is awesome, and the show is something to be seen. Chino is so active on stage that when he is standing still playing the guitar you can see the sweat pouring off of him as if someone just dumped water on him.
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Dai the Flu
Hole in the Earth
You've Seen The Butcher
Change (In the House of Flies)
Engine No. 9