Dec. 8, 2006
Deftones Rock Chicago Yet Again
By Randy J. Klodz
The Deftones faithful from Chicago and the surrounding areas got what they
were waiting for when Deftones put on a breathtaking 120-minute performance
at Riviera Theatre on Dec. 8.
Following the set by opener Sparta, a talented El Paso-based rock band fans
awaiting Deftones were treated to such varied songs as “I Cant’t Go For That
(No Can Do)” by Hall and Oates, “Erotic City” by Prince, and a smattering
of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
To follow the theme of variation, Deftones have always found a way to mix
things up a bit.
Deftones frontman Chino Moreno took to the Riviera Theatre stage and stood
atop the stage-designed perch and greeted the Chicago faithful in what turned
out to be a rousing performance. Also joining Moreno included guitarist Stef
Carpenter, bassist Chi Cheng, drummer Abe Cunningham and turntable-man Frank
The band successfully—and menacingly to the delight of the sold-out
crowd—mixed in harder-edged tracks like Engine No. 9,” “Nosebleed,”
“One Weak” and the now infamous show closer “7 Words” from the band’s debut
and hardest-hitting album, “Adrenaline,” with mellow, yet eerie new tracks
like “Beware” and “Cherry Waves.”
Deftones also treated fans with rarely performed tracks such as “Passenger”
where Moreno altered his voice to replicate the vocal parts originally sung
on Deftones’ hit album “White Pony” by Maynard James Keenan, front man of
hard-rock band Tool. Also rare, the band performed “Teething” a blistering
track found on the movie soundtrack for “The Crow: City of Angels.”
Will mixing in other new tracks from the recent “Saturday Night Wrist” such
as “Hole in the Earth,” “KimDracula” and “Rats! Rats! Rats!,” Deftones were
sure to also focus on the band’s earlier “Around the Fur” and “White Pony”
albums. “Around the Fur” songs like “My Own Summer (Shove It),” “Be Quiet
and Drive (Far Away) and “Around the Fur” were played in succession and followed
a run of “Feiticeira” and “Digital Bath.”
Deftones represented its self-titled 2002 release with the hit “Minerva”
and the spastic “Hexagram.”
Few bands can top the hard-rock stage presence of Deftones, and it’s a treat
to each of its dedicated fans the band has been able to grow and remain intact.
In fact, during a live performance, many fans are left in awe as Moreno belts
out what could be described as a high-pitched whale screech while mid-scream.
Deftones’ current U.S. tour is slated to wrap up Dec. 19 at First Ave. in
Minneapolis. For more on Deftones log on to www.deftones.com.