Last Night: Deftones At Verizon Wireless Theater

"Get away from the garbage can, bitch."

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Photos by Marc Brubaker
Verizon Wireless Theater
October 20, 2010

For more photos from the show, see our slideshow here.

Not many bands have the longevity the Deftones do, and after 22 years and counting, they have their art down to a science. The tunes are there, as is the visceral audience reaction. The band doesn't get the due they deserve outside of the modern-rock circle they find themselves in, and it's a shame.

Aftermath finds the band has more in common with older groups like Faith No More, Tool and the Smashing Pumpkins than anything that they were lumped in with at the beginning of their rise; they passed up their peers like Limp Bizkit and Korn long ago.

Getting nonbelievers on that bandwagon is the hardest part. Deftones create a state of mind with their fans. Anyone standing on the outside looking in - non-fans, mostly - can at least see that on the most basic of levels.

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The band seems to have some sort of secret anti-aging serum, allowing them to only grow tighter. Most bands grow stale and begin creating overly commercial work as a cash-grab in their second decade. We've yet to hear a catchy summer anthem from the Deftones, nor have they allowed outside song doctors into their midst. We love that about them.

Touring behind the new Diamond Eyes has to be an alien task, considering the Deftones have been down bassist Chi Cheng since his car accident almost two years ago. The crash left Cheng in a semi-conscious state, and he continues to make daily improvements.

The band now tours with Quicksand's Sergio Vega on bass, but it's hard not to miss Cheng, who held down backing vocals and was arguably one of the genre's best bassists.

Lead singer Chino Moreno now looks ten years younger when we first saw him on MTV in 1995. He's lost a great deal of weight, which helps the live show considerably. He's acrobatic live, has better stamina, and hits the lows, highs and screams with a viciousness. It's hard not to see that most alt-rock frontmen the past decade have stolen every move they have from him. How he is only 37 years old baffles us.

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