Deftones | 4.26.11

Deftones were very much a fully loaded freight train, and no one could have possibly gotten in the way of that.





The Pageant, St. Louis, MO

It’s quite the difficult task to find a band that seemingly has a much fun at their show’s than their crowd is having. After-all if you paid to be in attendance why wouldn’t you come to rock/party as hard as possible? Sacramento, CA’s Deftones are one of the few exceptions to the rule, during their St. Louis show April, 26th it would have appeared that they paid to watch the crowd rock their collective asses off. 
The band was in fact the show however, and they (as always) did not disappoint. The collective of Chino Moreno, Abe Cunningham, Stephen Carpenter, Frank Delgado, and Sergio Vega brought a career spanning setlist despite being the “Diamond Eyes Tour”. 
The first half of the set was all business for the group seemingly working their way through new classics like set opener “Diamond Eyes” and old-school sounding “Rocket Skates” (which could have easily fit on 1995’s Adrenaline). There was little time for chatter outside of  the many “thank you‘s” though the crowd didn’t seem to mind. Seemingly saving up their energy (on the 21+ side of the crowd) during the openers, the crowd erupted for the duration of the set, particularly during a high energy run through of  “My Own Summer (Shove It)”. 
White Pony classic “Passenger” featured Dillinger Escape Plan lead singer Greg Puciato. Puciato managed his way through Maynard James Keenan’s original vocals fairly well and didn’t interfere in the least with the bands momentum. On this night however, the Deftones were very much a fully loaded freight train, and no one could have possibly gotten in the way of that. Carpenters often chugging guitars carried the band sonically while Vega aptly filled in for Chi Cheng on the bass and brought a low end that was nearly danceable, and certainly head-bang inducing.
What truly holds this train together however is most certainly the man in the chair, Abe Cunningham. Much like a conductor, Cunningham is the steady, focusing force that works to keep Moreno in check. The band also has the ability to become an absolute wall of sound when Moreno straps on the guitar himself. The entire mood of the room seemed to change on songs like Around the Fur’s “Minerva” or Diamond Eyes track “Beauty School”. 
As the main set ended the band decided to have some fun, as Carpenter took over Cunningham’s drum set before Moreno scolded, “I’ve known Abe for a long time, no one touches his drums let alone play them, he’s going to kill you!” Of course joking as Cunningham patted him on the back before sending him back up front for the frantic “Root” which ended with Moreno making his way around the railway lining the top of the pit. 
As Moreno approached the middle he playfully asked “who’s got my drink” and shook hands before announcing, “this last one’s called ‘Firework’.” Of course he was semi-joking as it was not entirely the Katy Perry hit, but in fact a kind of mash up between the bands “7 Words” and the starlet’s song. All the while being offered a joint to which he suggested, “light that shit up”, he switched lyrics back and forth while keeping on beat, though not quite hitting Perry’s high notes, and ending the lyrics “as we shoot across the sky” with his patented squeal/scream. 
The band were exhausted, the fans were tired, but both seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed every moment they had together. Openers Funeral Party brought a short, yet more lighthearted set which welcomed the crowd that had already been let in a mere 15 minutes before the band started. The band’s name definitely does not match their more up-beat sound, however they are clearly all very talented musicians that don’t quite seem to have hit their stride yet, though that may have been caused by the early start time/very low crowd participation. Funeral Party have recently released Golden Age of Nowhere to positive reviews, and is definitely worth checking out.
Dillinger Escape Plan also brought a fairly large group of fans, though the majority of them were certainly in the under 21 area of the crowd. The 21+ area certainly did not seem impressed with the groups seemingly forty-five minute drum solo layered with Puciato’s screamed vocals. The group mostly received praise for their destruction of their own equipment which was clearly very well constructed. | Bruce Matlock


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