DEFTONES: ROCKIN’ THE METAL IN PHILLY

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Words by: Chris Pacifico :: Images by Christie Harrison

Deftones :: 12.02.06 :: Electric Factory :: Philadelphia, PA


Deftones :: 12.02 :: Philly
On a blistering cold night in the City of Brotherly Love, the Electric Factory was packed to the hilt to get a gander of Sacramento’s favorite sons. I’ve always emphasized getting to a concert early to check out the opening bands because they need love, too. It turned out that my punctual arrival was ill conceived and I had to endure Deadsy, a band fronted by Elijah Blue Allman (the son of Gregg Allman and Cher), which sounded and dressed like they were formed in an underground lab beneath the headquarters of Hot Topic. Devon Allman obviously got the good genes in that family. Luckily they were the only warm up act.


Chino Moreno – Deftones
12.02 :: Philly
The Deftones have always been quite the marvelous collective. Hair bands like Motley Crue, Poison, Cinderella, Whitesnake, etc. served up metal’s most embarrassing hour during the 80’s. The 90’s had the Nu Metal/Rap Metal onslaught with such atrocious acts like P.O.D., Sevendust, Mudvayne, Coal Chamber, Limp Bizkit, and Korn. Like all fads, the nail in its coffin has been largely hammered down. The Deftones toured alongside most of these bands, and while some were quick to lump them in the same basket, this quintet always remained an innovative force to be reckoned with. Adhering to a primal metal backbone, Deftones merged pummeling guitar riffs with breezy melodies and dreamy atmospherics for a style that hardly any other band has ever attempted.

High school aged kids with acne and braces packed the venue along with old fans who complained about the Deftones’ most recent release, Saturday Night Wrist, and were hoping that the band would stick to their roots on the set list. They got their wish as the number of recent Deftones songs on the set list could be counted on one hand.


Stephen Carpenter – Deftones :: 12.02 :: Philly
Around 9:45 p.m., the band stepped on stage with front man Chino Moreno standing atop a ramp to belt out his always poetic lyrics, delivered in a mixture of ethereal tranquility and all out screaming. They took off with “Head Up” and many folks rushed the stage, pumping their fists in the air and tossing up their horns before the band segued into “Digital Bath,” where Chi Cheng‘s impending bass lines were the most omnipresent aspect.

The oldies didn’t stop as they broke out “Bored,” “Around the Fur,” “Inhabia,” and “Dai the Flu.” Bic lighters flickered along during “Change (In the House of Flies),” “Hole in the Earth,” and “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away),” the most popular anthem of the night. For me, hearing numbers like “One Week,” “Minus Blindfold,” and “7 Words” took me back to my teens when I first experienced the Deftones live show on the Warped Tour, back in the mid 90’s when it still retained a sense of dignity. While the members may be into their late thirties, they still play like a band that is young, hungry, and always eager to put on a mesmerizing show.

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