Last Wednesday was probably one of the best musical moments of my life. I had the privilege of seeing the great Deftones perform live in an excellent venue, The Fillmore, which is probably one of my favorite places to see a show due to it's sounds and sightlines, plus it's diverse range of bookings. I've only been there once before to see Morrissey back in '98, which was another excellent show, but both shows were immaculate in terms of quality.
At approximately 9:45pm, Stephan, Frank, Abe, Sergio and finally Chino stormed the stage and opened up the set with the genius composition, "Diamond eyes" followed by "Rocket skates" and "Beauty school". They then rolled into a few gems off their second album, 'Around The Fur' such as "Be quiet and drive" and the legendary song that got me into them in the first place, "My own summer". Each and every detail about this show was perfectly in place. The lighting, sound, crowd, and the overall ambiance was undeniably good! The way the band played that night was relentless which Chino's notes were perfectly aligned with. An assortment of tracks were played from all of their releases but the intensity level of the show really went through the roof as they went into an old school set with various songs off their first release, 'Adrenaline'. Classics such as "Nosebleed", "Birthmark" and "Engine No.9" really got everything moving, even lead singer Chino as he got off stage and interacted with the souped-up crowd. They finished things off with the ultra kicker "7 words" and before I knew it the night was over and the equipment was being broken down.
A Deftones performance can be easily described as emotional, aggressive, suggestive and intense. They know how to push the envelope, work the crowd, and bring everything together during their powerful live sets. They've mastered the art of performance and it emanates from them naturally. I've made a pact with myself to never miss a Deftones show, ever!
Below are some photos of the show. View an excerpt of the performance here and check out the entire set-list here.