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Review: Deftones At Allstate Arena

By Marielle Shaw in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 7, 2013 4:00PM

Photo by Marielle Shaw
After our interview with Sergio Vega, we were especially excited to see Deftones take the stage this past Thursday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

While it wasn’t a sold-out house, the main floor was packed and the crowd was more than ready. If you thought the jets flying from O'Hare overhead were loud, well, you don’t know loud. For better or worse (we generally consider this a drawback), Allstate is a cavernous ringy place, and if for some reason you couldn’t hear the music, it was just as easy to feel it in the air.

Chino Moreno burst onto the stage at the start of Deftones' set and immediately had the crowd in the palm of his hand. Moreno is an electric front man, and the band charged ahead with “Rocket Skates.” It was a great opener, and the crowd matched his energy as the set took shape. Sergio Vega and the rest of the band matched that energy well, and in spite of some of the inherent acoustic drawbacks of arena performances, it was evident this was a band that worked together well. One of the greatest things about the set was something Sergio had pointed out himself- that the band is eclectic and changing, and that they aren’t afraid of quiet moments or beautiful melodies. We appreciated this, and particularly liked the way Chino’s soaring vocals filled up the space, especially during “Swerve City,” one of the major tracks from Koi No Yokan.

If this first stop of the tour is any indication, the Deftones will continue to bring amazing energy to this tour, and a unique sound that shouldn’t be missed.