Alternative metal, nu metal, experimental rock. Call them what you want. But bottom line, Deftones consistently rock it live. On October 20, they played a 50 minute set in San Antonio, Texas, at the AT&T Center, as part of the “Hail to the King” tour, opening up for Avenged Sevenfold.
Deftones started the set with guitar crushing “Diamond Eyes”. Frontman Chino Moreno was electrifying as he shuffled from one side of the stage to the other, frequently perching up on the front speakers. He often whipped his microphone around much like a lasso, engaging the crowd. His unique voice is as strong live as it is recorded.
Stephen Carpenter was vicious on the guitar. His performance was almost trance-like, as a stage light illuminated his face that was covered with his long hair.
Sergio Vega proved to be an exceptional bassist. He often climbed atop the speakers, smiling and embracing the crowd. Mosh pits were formed and there were even a few crowd surfers.
Drummer Abe Cunningham and keyboardist/DJ Frank Delgado balance the band out, adding to the intense live performance.
The pivotal moment came when Chino dedicated “Change” to ex-bassist Chi Cheng. The lyrics were chilling and the crowd lit their lighters in remembrance of such an enigmatic bassist. Chi was a founding member of Deftones, and in 2008 he was in a car accident which ejected him from the car, and left him in a coma. He recently passed away in April 2013.
Even though the tour did not make its way to Austin, the commute to San Antonio was well worth it. If you ever have the opportunity to see Deftones live, you should. You will not be disappointed.
Deftones formed in Sacramento, California, in the late 80s and is now signed with Warner Bros Records. Learn more about Deftones by visiting their website or Facebook page. Listen to their most recent album Koi No Yokan here.
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Change (In the House of Flies)
Engine No. 9
Remaining Tour Dates:
11.1.13 Greek Theatre, Las Angeles, CA
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