The Deftones  are no strangers to Louisville. In fact, they make their way through our city at least once per year, and most recently on Friday, May 27th at Expo 5.
Also performing that night was Dillinger Escape Plan . I never offer any more coherent words on my review than the band has to offer during their set. That being said, I've only got 3 words for you: Obnoxious. Incomprehensible. Sketchy.
Now for those of you who’ve never seen a Deftones show before, you missed out on one of the most fervent live performers in metal music today. And, might I add, whose lyrics you can actually comprehend. For those of you who did catch them this past Friday, I’m sure your ears are still ringing from their raucous, nearly 3 hour performance. The sound was as loud as I’ve ever experienced it in Expo 5, and although rather intense, it was balanced almost perfectly. The powerful guitar chords that are central to the Deftones sound ignited the jam-packed venue and fueled the audiences‘ intent to crowd surf, and sustain what looked like a pretty chaotic slam-dance circle, something virtually every Deftones show never seems to go without.
Hardcore Deftones’ fans couldn’t have been more pleased as the band took their time playing through one hit song after another from a compilation of six albums going back to 1995. They played everything from “Engine #9” to “My Own Summer” to “Digital Bath” to “Change (In the House of Flies)” to “Minerva” - which brought the crowd singing in unison with lead vocalist Chino Moreno to - and “You’ve Seen The Butcher,” just to name a few. The encore song came with “7 Words,” one more track from their debut platinum album Adrenaline.
Once the sound went null, the Deftones cleared the stage, and lights came on, the audience was a little reluctant to leave. I think some of them probably thought their was going to be yet another encore song, because believe it or not, their were still a few songs Deftones left on the table, like “Around The Fur” and “Back To School.” But, hey, not many bands who perform as intensely as Deftones have the endurance to play 2+ hour sets, so we should cut them some slack, I suppose. Not to worry though, because between the Deftones’ substantial local fan-base, and local concert promoter Terry Harper , a Louisville hiatus is not likely to happen anytime soon. Bet on it.
Interview with Frank Delgado of Deftones on 5-27-2011
Photos by Jason Ashcraft
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