May 11, 2003

Deftones Bring Surprise Show to Chicago

By Randy J. Klodz

No opening acts. No stage props. No advanced ticket sales. This may sound like an underground Motley Crue reunion tour, where a popular band plays small clubs while giving fans little notice to purchase tickets. But it is not. Chicago got a dose of Deftones, rockers from Sacramento, Calif., playing host to a sold-out Metro crowd on May 11.

Deftones--Chino Moreno (vocals), Stef Carpenter (guitars), Chi Cheng (bass), Abe Cunningham (drums) and Frank Delgado (turntables)--brought this short and somewhat secret tour to Chicago to give fans an advanced taste of some new material from the then, yet to be released “Deftones,” the band’s fourth album, which hit stores on May 20.

Moreno, who spent most of the night at the mosh pit barricade singing, screaming and pitching up his whale-like vocal shrieks among the first row of fans, led his Deftones through a 105-minute set that relied heavily on cuts from each of its first three albums, mainly “Around the Fur,” the second studio offering from the band, but gave fans an advanced taste of new tracks “Hexagram,” “Bloody Cape” and the new hit single “Minerva.”

Before beginning vocal duties on “Change (In the House of Flies),” from the highly-respected 2000 album “White Pony,” Moreno took a rare moment to address the rabid Chicago crowd. “Sometimes they call you “Chi” for short, but you ain’t shy Chicago, thank you.”

Toward the end of the set, following “Boys of the Republic,” Moreno dedicated the following song, the heavy-hitting “Head Up” to “all the girls in the crowd, the rough girls.” Following “Head Up,” Deftones went old-school by “getting to the root of the problem,” as Moreno said, by playing “Root” and “One Weak,” from the 1995 debut “Adrenaline.” Deftones ended its high-energy set with a stirring rendition of the fan-favorite “7 Words” which left the lucky fans hungry for the band’s next Chicago appearance.

The members of Deftones are scheduled to be a part of this year’s highly anticipated “Summer Sanitarium Tour,” which is slated to hit Cicero’s Hawthorne Racetrack on July 26. Other acts scheduled to appear include Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and Mudvayne. For more information on Deftones log onto www.deftones.com.
Chino Moreno of Deftones Photo: Randy J. Klodz