Jimmy Kimmel Bud Light Concert Stage – Hollywood, CA
Words/Camera Phone Photos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com
I know many folks who claim Twitter is for losers. I happen to disagree. I know this is false because I am a winner. Having won tickets for the likes of Mastodon and STS9 on the 140 character social network, I was lucky enough to pull off a personal coup this week. Already thrilled by the news that the band would be closing the side stage of the 2010 KROQ Weenie Roast (which I am blessed enough to have tickets for) I would get a nice warm up via Friday night taping of the Jimmy Kimmel Live television show. With a +1 reserved for Concert Confessions contributor @God_Frank, we headed into Hollywood on a postcard perfect Friday night to check out the Sacto legends.
As the sun set behind the Roosevelt Hotel, all fans who stood in the parking lot were able to watch tonight’s episode via big screen. After enjoying some Unnecessary Censorship as well as guests like Kathy Griffin; the rowdy crowd were treated to a blistering set by Deftones. Kimmel introduced the band from the middle of the crowd, who got things going with the title track from their new record – “Diamond Eyes.” The band sounded sharp and tight out the gate. Front man Chino Moreno is in top form both vocally and physically these days – guiding the band through the hard hitting number. After a few choice crowd camera shots and another intro by Kimmel – the band dove right into their biggest hit – “Change (In The House of Flies).” Knowing the late shows typical format of new song followed by classic song (as well as hearing it at soundcheck) there was no doubt what would be played here. You could hear in the music the have to/want to battle and Change was the music low-point of an incredible six song set.
With the cameras no longer rolling, Moreno asked if the crowd wanted some new songs. With a thunderous applause the band kicked the energy level up about 85 notches with “Rocket Skates.” This song has grown leaps and bounds since I caught it last October at the Chi Cheng Benefit. The piercing “GUNS, RAZORS, KNIVES” lyrics are the perfect companion for guitarists Stephen Carpenter’s beefy over-distorted riffs. I was excited to hear one of my personal favorites from the bands new album – “CMND/CNTRL.” As I listened to the brutal and beautiful song – I realized that it has been almost a decade since I have head the Deftones sound so ferocious.
I am a Gemini, it’s our time of year so I say this show can have two high water marks. The first was “Sextape” – which tonight for the first time really stood out to me. What a powerful song, I don’t see how this can’t be #1 on the rock radio charts?!?!?! Other fans besides myself were able to feel the raw power. A busty audience member towards threw her bra at the band. He tried to play it cool, but Moreno couldn’t help but crack a smile. The band thanked the crowd and informed all of us that they would play all damn night if they could. Moreno made sure we knew we were being treated after standing for hours as he hyped up a rare gem from the bands debut album Adrenaline. “Birthmark” has the classic Deftones sound – hazy distorted moody melodies that merge into crushing choruses. The hands down best way to send the crowd home happy, not to mention the perfect warm up for the 2010 KROQ Weenie Roast.
A direct descendant of the outlaw Jesse James and star of a 1983 Kilpatricks Bread radio commercial, Reverend Justito has taken his gift of ADHD and put it to good use by creating one of a kind concert reviews. A bootlegger at heart, the man lives off Whiskey, Taco Bell and the love of San Francisco sports teams.