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 Delgado.

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.

Deftones Photo: Annamaria DiSanto