Photo: Jamie Harvey
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By Jamie Harvey
San Antonio's AT&T Center was quaking on June 3, full of fans shouting in unison, "Shove it, shove it, shove it!" at the top of their lungs. The San Antonio stop on Deftones' tour was bound to be the biggest show of the band's tour because, as they say, everything is bigger in Texas.
In the wake of the chaos and destruction laid forth by opening act the Dillinger Escape Plan, Deftones burst onstage with the title track of their critically acclaimed latest album, Diamond Eyes. Frontman Chino Moreno ran around the stage as if to make sure no corner of the crowd went unnoticed. A ramp was stationed center stage where Moreno ran up and crouched down for his most ferocious screams.
I was standing along the rail in front of guitarist Stephen Carpenter and drummer Abe Cunningham, singing along as I watched them work away. By the time the grooving "Engine No. 9" started, crowd surfers were crashing over our heads like physical manifestations of the bass waves that were shaking us to the core.
As one of Deftones' most popular songs, "My Own Summer (Shove It)," began, I remembered how I used to listen to this song when I was in high school and summer was the most exciting thing in the world. The mood became somber as the band transitioned into "Minerva," which they dedicated to former bassist Chi Cheng, who has been in a semiconscious state since a car accident that left him in a coma in 2008.
Following "Minerva" was "Digital Bath," one of my favorite Deftones songs. A track filled with wanton desire, it added to the mellower portion of the set. In stark contrast came another favorite of mine, "You've Seen The Butcher." Moreno jumped on the speaker right in front of me during this track and sang the first few lines in my face as the heaviness of the song caused everything in sight to vibrate.
During the next song, "Elite," Moreno jumped off stage and onto the barricade right in front of me, singing to the crowd as I was almost mauled by the rabid fans that surrounded me. He worked his way down the rail as a sea of cell phones documented every second.
The set began to wind down with the beautiful "Change (In The House Of Flies)." Closing out the main set, Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato joined onstage for a rendition of "Passenger," which appears on Deftones' 2000 hit release White Pony.
The band came back for a two-song encore, featuring "Root" and "7 Words," two tracks off their 1995 debut album Adrenaline. As the show reached its finale, the sweaty crowd was jumping up and down yelling, "Suck! Suck! Suck!" in true irony as the show certainly did not suck. In fact, it seemed everyone was in disbelief that it was over, and no one wanted to leave.
But, alas, we all trickled back into the heat of our own summers.
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"Engine No. 9"
"Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)"
"My Own Summer (Shove It)"
"You've Seen The Butcher"
"Change (In The House Of Flies)"
"Passenger (with Greg Puciato)"
(Texas-based Jamie Harvey is the rock community blogger for GRAMMY.com. She attended 112 shows in 2010. You can follow her musical adventures and concert recaps at www.hardrockchick.com.)