Alt-metal veterans Deftones brought their riffs to the Michigan Lottery Amphitheater in Sterling Heights, MI, last Saturday night. They’re currently out on a co-headlining summer tour with Rise Against. The 21-date tour also includes special guests Thrice; which, wraps up in Phoenix on July 9th. This is an interesting lineup considering each band’s sound is a little different. It works, not just because of their differing musical backgrounds, but for the respect they have for each other as musicians.
Thrice are currently supporting their ninth studio album, To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere, which was released last May. Confession: I’m a bit of a latecomer to the Thrice party, but since purchasing this album last year I’ve been wondering what took me so long. So, it was a bonus when I found out they would also be on this tour. It strengthened what I felt was already a great lineup. They performed songs from their catalog like “Hurricane,” “Silhouette,” ” Black Honey,” and “The Earth Will Shake.” Thrice truly are a great band live; they did not disappoint. I will definitely be checking out their previous releases and, hopefully, another show should they come back through town. Mission accomplished, Thrice.
Rise Against have been on a bit of a break since their last album/tour, but are back in full force with their latest release, Wolves. These guys are a ball of energy on stage and know how to get the mosh pit brewin’. Frontman/guitarist Tim McIlrath commands the crowd’s attention, workiing all sides of the stage, while lead guitarist Zach Blair blasts into the air any chance he can.
At one point during their set, McIlrath took a moment to notice a 10-year-old fan in the front row. He told him he knows what it takes to be on the rail and he appreciates him being there. McIlrath also requested the boy not forget that he was nice to him and was convinced the boy would become famous one day.
Rise Against treated fans to a 12-song set that featured songs like, “Ready To Fall,” “The Good Left Undone,” “The Violence,” and “Wolves.”
From the opener, “Headup,” to the encore, “Engine No. 9,” Deftones brought a night fans won’t soon forget. Vocalist Chino Moreno along with guitarist Stephen Carpenter, drummer Abe Cunningham, bassist Sergio Vega, and DJ/keyboardist Frank Delgado are musical architects, taking fans on a sonic journey of emotion; hypnotic one minute to aggressive the next; but, in a purposeful and methodical manner.
Chino kept the crowd engaged by working all angles of the stage (and even the first few rows), unafraid to get right up in fans faces before belting out one of his signature screams. On this night, Deftones sounded as good as I’ve ever experienced them. The lighting and production really added to the band’s moody textures throughout their 16-song set; which, also featured singles “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)” and “Change (In the House of Flies)”.
The term ‘success’ may have different meanings to different people when it comes to music. Some may say album sales define a successful band, but perhaps two key elements overlooked are ‘consistency’ and ‘longevity’. If (you) keep doing your thing, no matter what aspect of the arts you may be involved in, eventually it will pay off. Deftones are proof of that. They were often overlooked and underrated by most critics in the past; but now, playing to a whole new generation of metal fans, it seems they are finally getting the respect and appreciation they deserve.
Remaining Tour Dates:
June 16 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
June 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier
June 18 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
June 20 – Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 22 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 23 – Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater
June 24 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place Amphitheater
June 26 – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 27 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
June 28 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
June 30 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
July 1 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheater
July 3 – Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
July 6 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
July 7 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 8 – Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
July 9 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Back to School (Mini Maggit)
You’ve Seen the Butcher
Change (In the House of Flies)
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
Engine No. 9
RISE AGAINST Setlist:
Ready to Fall
The Good Left Undone
Re-Education (Through Labor)
Help Is on the Way
Give It All
Welcome to the Breakdown
Prayer of the Refugee
People Live Here
Call It in the Air
Of Dust and Nations
The Long Defeat
The Earth Will Shake