Oct. 26, 2004

Deftones Delivers Rocking House of Blues Show

By Randy J. Klodz

Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham hinted that his band was prepared to unleash a selection of older and rarely played material to Chicago’s sold-out House of Blues crowd on Oct. 26, before the band headed into the studio, and Deftones delivered.

Deftones--which features, Chino Moreno (vocals, guitar), Stef Carpenter (guitar), Chi Cheng (bass), Frank Delgado (turntables) and Cunningham--hit the stage at the late hour of 10:15 p.m., but Deftones delved into the band’s early archives by playing nearly every track from the band’s 1995 debut album, “Adrenaline,” which is some of the band’s most heavy material, giving the crowd a rocking set.

Key “Adrenaline” tracks included “Engine No. 9,” “One Weak,” “Nosebleed” and the fan favorite “7 Words,” a song in which Moreno spent on the House of Blues fan barricade in the front row among the sweat-filled masses.

Never one to stand still on stage throughout a set, Moreno stood atop the speaker stacks on each side of the stage, with his microphone cord often getting tangled behind him. It took seven songs from Moreno to warm up to the crowd, as he offered a “Gratzie” to the boisterous Deftones faithful upon completion of the heavy-hitting “Hexagram” from the band’s latest, self-titled effort.

And it didn’t end there. Moreno freestyle rapped before “Bored” and mid song broke into the “I’ve got sunshine in a bag” lyric from “Clint Eastwood,” the smash hit from the cartoon hip-hop artist Gorillaz. He even took time to scold his tour manager after “7 Words” and respond “Goodness good day” to the livid Deftones crowd following “Korea.”

Also added to the mix included a mellow cover of the Cure song “If Only Tonight We Could Sleep,” which made for a stellar segue to the gloomy “Digital Bath,” one of the many hits from Deftones’ 2000 breakthrough album “White Pony.”

Dredg warmed the stage for Deftones by playing a short set of tribal sounding rock songs that featured plenty of distorted and echoed vocals. Deftones plans to start working on the new album upon completion of this short tour, which was slated to end Oct. 30 in Hartford, Conn. For more information on Deftones log on to www.deftonesworldwide.com.
Chino Moreno of Deftones Photo: Randy J. Klodz