Deftones w/ special guests: Scars On Broadway
Currently touring in support of their new album, “Koi No Yokan”, The Deftones brought their tour to a sold-out Hollywood crowd on Wednesday night.
Special guests “Scars On Broadway” which is the side-project of Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist, Daron Malakian (System Of A Down). Brought a very impressive opening set. Unlike other opening bands, Scars immediately had the crowd jumping up and down and singing along to their songs. In their 50-minute set, Scars held nothing back to the crowd. A stand out moment in the set was when Daron would tell the crowd, “They say the world is ending soon. I don’t believe what the mayan’s are saying and the world is just going to go on.” which would be followed by the song, “They Say”. If the crowd was amped for Scars, then there was no question that the crowd was ready for Sacramento’s own, Deftones.
After a brief intermission, Deftones would take the stage at approximately 9:45pm and begin their set with, “Diamond Eyes”. Singer/Guitarist, Chino Moreno would bring everything and then some to the crowd. With high energy, Chino had the crowd at his hands and everyone in the audience was singing to every word with several mosh pits erupting and crowd surfing all night. The energy would go to another level when “My Own Summer” started to play. With everyone screaming “Shove it, shove it, shove it!”, the ‘Tones took the crowd and then some into their world.
A standout moment in their set was when they played “Engine #9”. Personally, this is one of my top 5 all-time favorite Deftones songs and it also has been covered by bands such as Korn & Suicide Silence. New songs such as “Poltergeist”, “Swerve City”, & “Rosemary” was played into the set. Guitarist, Stephan Carpenter would play the night away with riff after riff bringing his very unique energy to the crowd. A very talented guitarist who always seems to surprise me with his live performance and his work on the deftones studio albums. Bassist, Sergio Vega (filling in for Chi Cheng as he is still recovering from a near-fatal car accident.) would play the night away and would also take part in a cover of Joe Jackson’s “Steppin Out” which would become another stand-out moment in the the show. Drummer, Abe Cunningham & Turntablist/Samples, Frank Delgado would share the stare and continue to keep the crowd at it’s feet all night. Personally, the jaw-dropping moment for me would have to be when they played, “Passenger” which is my all-time favorite song. The song is usually done with Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer, singer Maynard James Keenan, but instead of Maynard singing on the song, Greg Puciato from “The Dillinger Escape Plan” would take his place and an excellent job was performed.
The show was ended with a 3-song encore of old school favorites, “Bored”, “Root”, and “7 Words” which would leave the already impressed crowd even more satisfied.
If you have ever seen The Deftones live, you know their shows are very intense and full of energy. If you haven’t, I highly suggest you check them out when they come to a city near you.
Below is a video of “Knife Party” that I shot while I was in the crowd. I apologize in advance for the sound and shaking of the camera. Blame the hyper crowd for that.