Review by Renee Schaefer for TWTHS.
Photography courtesy Joe Stadele Photography.
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Published August 18, 2016.
It’s been 5 years since the Deftones last played the Twin Cities (First Avenue), and the sold out crowd at Myth, a room nearly twice the size of First Avenue, was more than ready for them. A heavy summer thunderstorm soaked the Twin Cities just before doors opened, contributing to a hot and steamy evening of music and mayhem.
Deftones took the stage at 9:07 pm to a recording of “Hearts/Wires” while an impressive array of purple lights danced from the trusses. The band then launched into “Rocket Skates” and the crowd immediately came to life, jumping and singing along with arms raised, continuing throughout the night.
Vocalist Chino Moreno paused the set only briefly at the end of “KimDracula,” directing security to give a fan some water and encouraging everyone else to take care of each other, and once to introduce “Prince,” from 2010’s Diamond Eyes, reminiscing about the numerous shows and venues they’ve played in the Twin Cities, including the “Target Circle whatever it’s called” (cheers!) and the “McDonald’s parking lot.” He thanked the crowd for showing up in large numbers and still making it so hot and sticky after all these years.
After an explosive opening, Moreno strapped on a white Gibson SG for “Rosemary,” sharing guitar duties with Stef Carpenter for most of the rest of the regular set. Though Moreno was somewhat more contained by the guitar, the energy remained high. By mid-set, bodies constantly surfaced on top of the crowd, and a large percentage of the main floor got a pretty intense plyo workout. At several points, there were even hoodies tossed high into the air.
The band was in top form for the entire 20-song set, but all attention was focused on the charismatic Moreno. He covered a significant amount of ground, running all over the 70-foot wide stage, singing “Prince” from the photo pit, climbing on various equipment, and even venturing into a raised section of the audience for most of “Bored” to close the night.
Kudos to the tour’s lighting designer and light engineer. So many lights! You could probably stock an entire lighting store with the amount of lights used for this show. It was impressive and helped to fuel the energy of the night.
The room was already full when the night opened with Brooklyn’s Spotlights, who were handpicked by the Deftones to open for two weeks of the summer tour. The three piece, featuring Sarah Quintero on bass/vocals, Mario Quintero on guitar/synths/vocals, and Josh Cooper on drums, played a short set of down-tempo, drone-infused, dissonant metal that they describe as sludge:gaze. They were an excellent choice for an opener, and played a short set under blue and white lights to a mostly subdued, but appreciative crowd.
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
Change (In the House of Flies)
My Own Summer (Shove It)