Deftones And Periphery Make Total Destroy On Tour, Complete With Rocket Skates
Band Photo: Deftones (?)
For being as visible a band as Deftones have been since 1995, one would think that everybody has had a chance to see them live already. Well-respected and marketed, it's nearly impossible for the average American to be ignorant about the band. Oddly enough, later on in the show, vocalist Chino Moreno called out and asked the crowd "How many of you are at a Deftones show for your first time?" and was surprised by a fairly large show of hands. That being said, the show sold out Marathon Music Works in Nashville, TN on March 15th a couple of weeks early, so it was also a fairly large crowd.
It's my guess that more folks hadn't seen or heard of opening band Periphery at this show, although the band quickly made fans out of them. Assisting on the Koi No Yokan tour had to have been a great step up for Periphery, also bringing out their own fans, which were a welcome juxtaposition to the way-too-serious-about-how-much-they-love-the-Deftones fans. You know the ones -- squinty-eyed, half-baked, but ready to fight at a moment's notice if you're not cool with their how-the-Deftones-saved-my-life story.
Thankfully, all was cool at this show.
It took almost the full hour reserved from the time of doors until the show's start to get everyone inside the building. Folks with various Deftones tour shirts from different years flooded into the room and made their way either to the two bars inside, the photo booth in the back, or the curiously-staffed bathrooms immediately. The venue had hired two bathroom attendants for the ladies' and men's rooms, offering paper towels and sprays of hand soap from a handheld bottle for tips. Ridiculously out of place at a metal show, they were almost entirely ignored, although the men's room attendant had some batshit-crazy things to say.
Exciting surroundings aside, things heated up when Periphery took the stage, opening with "Ragnarok", followed by their latest single, "Scarlet", and "Jetpacks Was Yes!" As expected for an opening band, their stage lighting wasn't great, but their live sound and technical finesse turned many heads. Guitarist Misha Mansoor's lead tone sounded like the voice of a god, speaking in a language anyone with ears could understand and appreciate. The band ripped through songs like "Luck As A Constant", "Facepalm Mute", and "Make Total Destroy" to win the crowd.
The Deftones planned a career-spanning set list for after Periphery was done dominating, enough to please fans of any era of the band's existence. Coming out to "Diamond Eyes", the band started firing on all cylinders immediately. "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)" was next, followed by "My Own Summer (Shove It)". Stephen Carpenter was a mass of hair and alternating guitars the entire time, changing from custom telecaster to custom ESP and back again, one of the few 7-string guitarists utilizing a guitar with three pickups.
Drummer Abe Cunningham and bassist Sergio Vega were firecrackers exploding to the beat while the stage lights fired in otherworldly fashion. Chino Moreno showed why he was one of the most commanding lead vocalists in metal with constant crowd interaction and a nonchalant attitude, matching most of his fans' demeanor. Several times, he came up to the edge of the audience and let the audience sing. Other times, the audience sang the leads while he sang counterpoint. In "Rocket Skates," he let the crowd scream, "GUNS, RAZORS, KNIVES", as he repeated after them.
"Sextape" was slowed to an effervescent ode, making for one of the highlights. Other songs played were "You've Seen The Butcher," "Digital Bath," "Swerve City," "Around the Fur," "Bloody Cape," "Engine No. 9," and "7 Words," the last two of which were encores.
Along with others, it was my first time to see both Periphery and Deftones live, and I'd have to say that it's a bit like biting into a piece of food you've always had a suspicion that you'd like, but had never tried before. If you haven't seen either of them, now's your chance to sink your teeth in, with tour dates coming up in Florida on the 19th, 21st, and 22nd, as well as Alabama on the 23rd and Louisiana on the 25th. A full list of upcoming tour dates can be found in the tour promo video below.
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