Deftones Team With Dillinger Escape Plan For North American Tour
It’s official, Dillinger Escape Plan and Deftones will team up for a tour of North America this spring. The month long trek will take the two bands from Seattle to New York City and even features a few stops in the fine nation of Canada.
Blabbermouth is reporting that more dates are still to be added to the trek. This will be the Deftones third tour of North America behind their 2009 opus Diamond Eyes. The band is also offering fans the chance to purchase Black & Diamond VIP packages. For more information on those packages, please click here.
As always, please keep an eye on the bands official websites, as tour dates/venues may change.
DEP/Deftones 2010 Tour Dates (Updated as of 01/31/11)
4/14 – Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
4/16 – Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom
4/18 – Vancouver, BC, Commodore Ballroom
4/19 – Vancouver, BC, Commodore Ballroom
4/21 – Salt Lake City, UT, The Postfontaine Corp
4/22 – Denver, CO, The Ogden Theatre
4/25 – Kansas City, MO, Harrahs
4/26 – St Louis, MO, The Pageant
4/28 – Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
4/29 – Milwaukee, WI, The Rave
4/30 – Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
5/4 – Montreal, QC, Métropolis
5/5 – Hampton, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
5/6 – Providence, RI, Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
5/7 – Hartford, CT, Webster Theatre
5/9 – Boston, MA, House of Blues In Boston
5/10 – Philadelphia, PA, Electric Factory
5/11 – Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
5/13 – New York, NY, Best Buy Theater At Times Square
5/14 – New York, NY, Best Buy Theater At Times Square
5/16 – Baltimore, MD, Sonar
5/20 – Jacksonville, FL, Plush
5/21 – Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
5/22 – Boca Raton, FL, Sunset Cove Amphitheater
5/28 – Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle
5/29 – Memphis, TN, Minglewood Hall
6/1 – Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom
6/4 – Austin, TX, Austin Music Hall
6/5 – Corpus Christi, TX, Concrete Street Amphitheater
6/6 – Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
6/10 – Los Angeles, CA, Palladium
6/13 – San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theatre
The 5th annual Golden Gods Awards hit the Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 2nd. This was an award show specifically for rock and metal alike. Basically what the Grammys should be, but aren’t. This was my 1st time attending an awards show so it was definitely interesting and something new. The show was dedicated to Slayer co-founder and guitarist Jeff Hanneman that had passed away earlier that day.
There were lots of surprises this night as well as the awards themselves. There were guest appearances and all-star jams. The award show itself was hosted by WWE Superstar, Chris Jericho. Throughout the night musicians of both rock and metal were presenting awards for their respective winners. The awards were rewarded to:
Album of the Year: Deftones, “Koi No Yokan”
Best Guitarist: John 5 of Rob Zombie
Best Drummer: Arejay Hale of Halestorm
Paul Grey Best Bassist : Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead
Best Vocalist: Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour
Song of the Year: Black Veil Brides “In The End”
Best Live Band: Slipknot
Best New Talent: Device
Most Metal Athlete: WWE Superstar Triple H
Comeback of the Year: Tenacious D
Most Dedicated Fans: HIM
Aside from the awards, there were also all-star jams which included: Anthrax and Phil Anselmo(Down/ex-Pantera)/Rex Brown(ex-Pantera) doing a cover of Pantera’s “This Love”, Halestorm and David Draiman(Device/Disturbed) doing a cover of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love, Stone Sour and 2 other members of Slipknot doing a cover of Black Sabbath’s Children of the Grave, Five Finger Death Punch and Rob Zombie/John 5 doing a cover of Rob Zombie’s Thunder Kiss ’65, and Metallica and the metal god Rob Halford(Judas Priest) doing a cover of Judas Priest’s Rapid Fire.
There were some mishaps which made the show interesting. In some cases, the envelope containing the winner was empty so it was awkward waiting for the winner to be announced. When Black Veil Brides won the award for Song of the Year, everyone in the building booed them. BVB was not pleased with that and started to diss us in multiple ways that was shameful to the metal community, themselves, and their “fans”.
The lineup for the bands were: Metallica, Danzig and Doyle, Anthrax, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour, Halestorm, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. The bands were the highlight for me since that’s what I mainly went for. This award show was awesome, and if all goes well I hope to go to next year’s too.
We here at Concert Confessions would like to that Orion Music + More for putting together an awesome lineup in year TWO. Coming to the lovely Detroit this year, the festival features the like of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones and Rise Against headlining along side festival curators Metallica. Other notables include Japandroids, Silversun Pickups, the FLAG version of Black Flag (How many years have people wanted Black Flag to tour now that they finally do there’s TWO of them?) and Death Grips. Check out the full lineup below, and for information on tickets and such just head to this link.
Orion Music + More 2013:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
the Joy Formidable
The Dillinger Escape Plan
All Shall Perish
Check Out this photo gallery from last years festivities below:
The 15th annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival hits Worchester, MA April 19th, 20th and 21st. Anthrax, Hatebreed, Suicidal Tendencies and Opeth lead the way headlining the three nights of madness. Anthrax is said to be playing a “Amongst The Living” set (at least that what the poster says anyway). If you don’t want to zoom in and decipher the band names through the cool font, never fear. All the announced artists are listed below. If changes are made, we’ll keep you post. Or keep tuned to the festival’s Facebook page by clicking here.
Update As Of 1/23/12: Artists have been added and they include Dillinger Escape Plan, Allegaeon, Trapped Under Ice, Alpha & Omega, Born Low, MurderDeathKill and Dark Sermon.
Artists Playing New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 2013
After The Burial
Alpha & Omega
Ark Of The Covenant
Born Of Osiris
Dead By Wednesday
Death Before Dishonor
Fit For An Autopsy
I Declare War
Mother Of Mercy
Those Who Fear
Within The Ruins
Slipknot is launching their own music festival. Dubbed Knotfest, the event will hit the Midwest for two incredible days of music and more this August. The event will rock Council Bluffs Iowa on the 17th and Minneapolis Minnesota (technically Wisconsin) on the 18th. Lineups for each day are as follows:
08/17/12 – Mid-America Motor Complex – Council Bluffs Iowa:
Slipknot, Deftones, Lamb of God, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, The Urge, Prong, Dirtfedd
Beady Eye w/ Ican Abrahamn and Black Box Revelations 12/03/11
Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA
Words/Photos by Reverend Justito
It’s always nice to spend Saturday night with good friends. On the first Saturday in December, I did exactly that at the Wiltern in Los Angeles. I was lucky enough to find free parking. One of my pals ran into an old friend who he had not seen in 17 years. There was an exchange of Christmas gifts where I gave the gift of Insane Clown Posse Vinyl and received the latest Limp Bizkit effort on compact disc. Two thirds of Triple Bordego found their way into the house. Those guys are a lot of fun and always a blast to hang out with. I managed to catch up with not one, but two of the best warriors of the new media revolution. The only bad part of the evening was the reason we were all gathered on the corner of Wilshire and Western. That reason was Beady Eye.
My night of music started with the closing song from opener Ican Abrahamn. Musically, I would describe the song I heard as trance heavy indie rock. The best description of what was going down on stage comes from my man JEFF WINSTON. He pointed out that he drummer looked homeless. I couldn’t agree more.
Before I make Oasis fans cry, we must discuss the musical highlight of the night. The Black Box Revelation are a Belgian duo who are capable of cranking out some serious rock and roll. It’s a shame the two only had thirty minutes to spend with the empty auditorium as they were just getting warmed up by the time it was all over. I must assume that guitarist/vocalist Jan Paternoster is using the same trick as Local H guitarist Scott Lucas by having a bass pickup built into his guitar as the sound coming from that thing was fucking massive. Imagine the blues boogie of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or the Black Keys dipped in the demonic tones of Black Sabbath. I realize that is a lot of bands with black in the name used to describe the sound of a band with black in the name but it’s the truth. Highlights of the short set included “I Think I Like You,” “Bitter” and “Love Licks.” Thank you for giving me something good to write about BBR.
So by now you are probably asking why the hell I went to Beady Eye. I wouldn’t call Different Gears, Still Speeding a top 10 album of 2011, but I found the music on the band’s debut album enjoyable. Someone in the Beady Eye camp was smart in putting tickets on sale long before Liam’s brother released a record and toured across America. My pal is obsessed with Oasis and was foaming at the mouth at the chance to see a Gallagher brother in such an intimate venue so tickets were purchased the moment they went on sale. The excitement level for the evening was high which is why what we got was so disappointing.
I knew there would be no Oasis songs and I was fine with that. What I didn’t expect was a lifeless uninspired mess that will no doubt take the crown as the worst show I saw in 2011. Despite the venue being only half full at best, the energy level was high as a pre-recorded version of “Yellow Tail” blasted from the PA. The energy was even higher when the five piece band hit the stage performing “Four Letter Word.” Some jumped, some clapped but on the main floors third tier many were checking Facebook by the time the bands second song “Beatles and Stones” began.
The first major glare of the set was the sound inside the venue. Even when undersold I have heard bands’ sound great inside the Art Deco landmark. When the bands guitars and drums didn’t echo off the walls, Gallagher’s vocals were so loud in the mix that they were often distorted. While it has never been easy for us Yanks to understand what Liam Gallagher is saying through his thick Manchester accent, it took me coming home and watching my videos to discover the front man had insulted the Church of Scientology.
Glancing across the venue the overall feel inside was boredom. Fans chatted over soft songs like “For Anyone.” Multiple security duos walked around desperately seeking someone to bust. The most action I saw them have all night was when they insisted a female fan get off the shoulders of her male counterpart during “Bring The Light.” Yet the biggest violators of looking bored were the band themselves. Liam occasionally moved around and at one point and even autographed a fans recently purchased vinyl copy of Different Gears, Still Speeding. Yet I can’t recall any other of the band moving an inch the entire time. These gentlemen were so still they make Interpol look like Dillinger Escape Plan. It felt as if they want to be there and were simply going through the motions. I found myself watching Liam sweat through his trench coat as Jakob mentioned in his Seattle review while having a conversation on twitter with The Audio Perv instead of enjoying the music. Speaking of Jakob thank God he posted the setlist so I could countdown how many songs we had left.
Even a move to a smaller venue such as the Music Box would not have saved this show. It is clear Beady Eye is a team who is playing out the season with no chance of making the playoffs. Noel won the race with a far superior album and two sold out nights in a slightly smaller venue here in Los Angeles. His High Flying Birds are returning next weekend for a key slot on a major rock radio holiday festival and a late night television performance. Beady Eye didn’t even try to make an effort to shine for Los Angeles. In closing its clear Beady Eye has no desire to be amazing. While they may be able to ride the coattails of past success overseas Beady Eye clearly missed the boat in America and no one really cares. Even if the music left a lot to be desired it’s always nice to have a night out with your friends and that’s exactly what that was on a brisk December night.
With their new album The Hunter due to hit shelves at the end of this month, Mastodon have announced dates for a North American Headline tour. In addition to an appearance at the Voodoo Music Experneice in New Orleans on Saturday October 29th the band will be performing in most major markets during the five week run. Coming along for the tour will be Red Fang and Dillinger Escape Plan. You can check out the first single from Mastodon’s new album here. Dates for the trek can be found below.
Mastodon 2011 Tour Dates:
10/25 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
10/27 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
11/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
11/02 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/03 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
11/05 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
11/06 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/07 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
11/08 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
11/09 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
11/11 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
11/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Rave Ballroom
11/13 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
11/14 – Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont
11/16 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
11/17 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
11/19 – New York City, NY @ Terminal 5
11/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
11/21 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
11/23 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
11/25 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
11/26 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
11/27 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/28 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
11/29 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
12/01 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Words/Photos/Videos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com
A major reason I started concertconfessions.com was my disgust of journalists from major media outlets. I hated old and out of touch professionals who were paid to see a show, only to trash and miss-represent an artist due to their failure to connect. Not knowing over half the bands on the inaugural Cool Tour, I was hesitant to accept an offer for a free ticket/full access press credential. Fearful of becoming everything I despised, I decided to accept the offer because at the end of the day, I love music and I love to discover artists who have yet to tickle my ear drums. So I headed into Hollywood excited for another day long metal show at the world famous Palladium.
War of Ages
The show kicked off at 5pm sharp with a set from Erie, PA Christian Metalcore masters, War of Ages. The band made the most of their 25 minute set by bashing out five songs and instantly connecting with the young crowd. Front man Leroy Hamp was the fist of many to get the crowd to form a large circle pit upon the venue’s massive floor. Swirling for the set closing “All Consuming Fire,” War of Ages did an outstanding job setting the pace for a long night of music.
I feel bad for the Cancer Bats. I had seen the crazy Canadians once before, and enjoyed their frantic set as part of the 2008 Taste of Chaos tour. On this particular night, they felt like the odd man out. Are they rock, are they metal, or perhaps punk? I’m not sure and I feel most of the crowd did not know what to make of them either. That didn’t stop the band from giving it their all, and working hard to win the crowd over. Knowing that the crowd was unfamiliar with their unique form of north of the border rock, the highlight of the set came when the band covered the Beastie Boys classic “Sabotage.” All in all, a solid set from the four piece act. Even if two or three kids were won over as fans, the Cancer Bats Saturday afternoon set was a success.
Walking into the show, I had never heard a song by Architects. An hour after their set, they got my broke ass to shell out $5 for one of their records. Here was this band, who was heavy, and yet had some intricate breakdowns that were reminiscent of Phish. Well, if Phish sounded like Dillinger Escape Plan’s British cousin. Anyways, the band bashed the crowd’s brains in with songs like “Numbers Count For Nothing” and “Early Grave,” making a fan of me and many more in the process.
The Acacia Strain
I have heard the name The Acacia Strain for years. I know one song from a comp record I played once or twice, but my knowledge ends there. I enjoyed the bands brief set of metal/death/masshole-core, but what won me over more than the music was their mouths. Well, mainly front man Vincent Bennett’s mouth. He pulled the classic “I have a mic and you don’t” line when battling some haters. He then invited them to suck his cock. Bennett joked about how his band has made a career out of providing opening set services to every band on the planet. He made sure to point out that his band was uglier than “pretty” tourmates, Blessthefall. Much like Jered Leto, he acted as a cheerleader mid-song encouraging the fat and lazy crowd to move. I stopped by the merch table to see if Bennett had any form of solo spoken word record, I was that entertained. As you can imagine, I was denied. I do hope that I get to catch these guys open for someone in the near future, because The Acacia Strain are a highly entertaining live band.
Well, The Acacia Strain got it right; these boys are pretty. It basically comes down to this: If I was a 17 year old girl, I would probably love this band. More Michael W. Smith than Metallica, The band is designed for underage girls who love Jesus, Hello Kitty and boys dressed for a day at the yacht club. Now, you may say it’s not fair to make judgements based on looks, but the music itself was simple, boring and lacked originality. It’s their thing and it seems to works for the female Hot Topic crowd. You didn’t win my respect, but I have to assume you didn’t start your “we’re Christians but don’t call us a Christian” band for me.
Between The Buried And Me
I can’t name a single song by BTBAM. Okay, that’s a lie. They have a song called “Alaska,” but I couldn’t tell you if they played it. I can’t name a single member of the band. That’s also a lie but only because I heard two male fans clearly in love with guitar player Dustie Waring screaming out for his attention during soundcheck. I can’t even name a single album by the Raleigh, NC band. Yes, that too is a lie, because “Alaska” is also the title track to their third release. Despite these short-coming, I am Between The Buried And Me’s biggest fan. I think the band performed a total of four songs over their 45 minutes set and managed to hold my undivided attention the entire time. The songs are elaborate and take the listener on long voyages over mountains, deep into valleys and back up again just in time for a sonic sunset. This is a band who could obliterate Ozzfest, bash bonged out brains at Bonnaroo and please the pansies over at Pitchfork. For the first time all day, I was not ready for a band to leave the stage. I wanted more, I needed more. When you look up epic in the dictionary, it instructs you to see Between The Buried And Me. I promise we will cross paths again with these metal masters. After all, I am their biggest fan.
I own two Underoath albums and this was my second Underoath show. I still can’t make my mind up as to whether I like them or not. Yes, Underoath sounds fierce and rocks hard live. Yet, when they come up on random on my iPod, I find myself skipping over them. Yes, they unleash a harsh sonic attack on a young and eager crowd. Yet, no mater how hard try, I can never connect with the band because at the end of the day the whole thing feels fake and contrived.
Despite my feelings, the band (who does not have any remaining original members) did a fine job of performing songs that have spanned their career. They even found time to sneak in two new songs from a record they hope drop sometime this fall. Fans went crazy for songs like “Writing On The Walls” and “ Anyone Can Dig A Hole But It Takes A Real Man To Call It Home.”
What killed the set for me was the way the band ended their set. I was aware walking into the show that the six piece group were Christians.. Before closing with “In Regards To Myself,” front man Spencer Chamberlain just had to take a moment and share that the bands believed in Jesus Christ. They also made sure to state that it was a choice, all while insisting they were not forcing it down our throats. However, by making the statement, they succeeded at gagging us with their beliefs. We know you love Jesus, now just shut up and rock.
As I Lay Dying
After a day in which I witnessed a lot of new music, the payoff was a headline set by one of my favorite metal bands to emerge over the last decade, As I Lay Dying. My sixth show from the group, I was fired up to check out the five piece band currently touring in support of their brand new record The Powerless Rise. The lights went down on the Palladium for the final time on this particular evening and the group started things on a high note with “94 Hours.” The crowd went nuts as duel axe-men Nick Hipa and Phil Sgrosso criss-crossed the stage while cranking out chord after chord.
The band drew heavily from their latest release during the 50 minute set. “Beyond Our Suffering” “Anodyne Sea” and “Vacancy” all killed. One thing that is very impressive with As I Lay Dying’s live show is vocalist Tim Lambesis. Many metal singers can’t come close to sounding as good live as they do in the studio. In person, Tim sounds better than on recorded media.
The band wrapped up the night with a trip through their back catalogue. They started with a nasty version of “Nothing Left.” From there the band pleased the crowd with the Shadows Are Security track “Through Struggle.” The energy level inside the old ballroom was the highest it had been all day and the band made sure to channel that energy for the final number. Already past curfew, the band made some happy-birthday wishes before splitting the crowd in two for a celebratory wall of death. It quickly became obvious to all in attendance, there was no safe place to hide. Once the crowd surged towards each other, chaos ensued. For an all day metal show it was the perfect conclusion. While fans chanted for one more song, the lights came up and security began to force the crowd out of the exit doors.
07/17/10 – Nassau Coliseum Parking Lot – Long Island, NY
Words/Photos/Videos by melorocker
This 2010 edition of the traveling Warped tour seems scaled back from previous years. i have been to 2 other warped shows that were at near or at full capacity. Nassau Coliseum holds up to seven thousand people when a concert is held indoors, but at the parking lot it could be trickier to come up with a figure. i felt that it was not the usual numbers that they are acustome to, but it was crowded nevertheless. still a great time was to be had for those attending. This years line-up was not a heavy draw like in past shows. i like The All American Rejects so i knew i would be going to the show. there were many bands that i never knew of such as The Summer Set, Am Taxi and others. i went to the main stage and was standing next to the soundboard in order to get a reprive from the scorching sun and saw a partial set from Alkaline Trio and full sets from We Are Kings, Face to Face, The Dillinger Escape Plan and The All American Rejects. We Are Kings drew a heavy crowd i understand that some members are from long island new york so they had a lot of family backstage with them. i was laughing when the guys from Face To Face called themselve the “Geriatrics” band on warped tour this year. The Dillinger Escape Plan played such an out of control set it was lucky for them to not have suffered an injury on stage from all the jumping and dashing.. Next my faves The All American Rejects played one amazing set comprise of all the hit songs that they are known for. singer tyson ritter was energetic and crazy in his delivery of the songs to the delight of all involved. i was able to get a guitar pick from guitarist nick wheeler who was lookin’ so cool with his shades and american flag guitar. after the rejects set ended i decided to leave. it was too hot and from the remaining bands just not worth it for me. i got there at around 1:40 pm and left at 6:10 pm just the right amout of warped for me. here are a few pics and a video. this is my fourth confession for this year.
Words/Photos & Videos by Reverend Justito/concertconfessions.com
When it comes to Warped Tour, as great as it is to seek out new and exciting sounds, the main reason I hit the event is for heavy music. Be it punk or metal I attend North America’s longest running festival tour (now in it’s 16th year) for the release from these oh so soothing sounds. So let’s discuss some of the metal that went down at Seaside Park as part of the 2010 Vans Warped Tour.
The Dillinger Escape Plan
It was bound to happen at some point. In two previous trips to Seaside Park in Ventura, CA I had avoided the nightmare traffic jam that occurs when the venue hold shows. This year, we left a bit later than usual and as a result missed the first four songs by main stage openers – The Dillinger Escape Plan. To be honest, I fell out of touch with the New Jersey based act after Miss-Machine, but having seen the band live multiple times in the past, I was shocked at what I found. There was a pit, but the problem was that no one was in it. Just a big open space where a pit should be. By the time the band was closing with “Farewell Mona Lisa” it appeared that they were just as upset by the lack of response from the crowd as I was. Guitarist Jeff Tuttle jumped into the crowd trying to get some kind of movement going. As you can see in the video below – he failed. TDEP left the stage, and I assumed that most of the metal fans were simply still trying to get into the venue. Turns out I was totally wrong.
I headed over to the Altec/Lansing stage simple because I have heard some hype about Parkway Drive. With a band name like Parkway Drive (terrible band name in my honest opinion) I assumed I would get some lame Emo mall-core garbage that would send me away faster than you can say Confide. I admit I was wrong. Parkway Drive not only breaks the trend of metal bands by not wearing all black all the time – but they fucking rock. The band also solved the mystery of where everyone was during The Dillinger Escape Plan set. With five times the amount of fans crammed into the picnic area of Seaside Park (where the Altec/Lansing stage was located) – it is clear the next generation of metal is here. I caught three songs, including “Carrion” and “Boneyards” and really found them full of life and good energy. I know I wouldn’t miss a set by these Australians if we were to cross paths on a package tour sometime down the road.
Last Turkey Day weekend, Whitechapel made me a fan with their brutal set at the All Day All Ages Metal Fest held within the Hollywood Palladium. There was no way in hell I was missing their Warped Tour appearance. Just the site of the bands pre-show huddle as “Of Legions” played from the PA was enough to cause my arm hair to rise. With fans as far as the eyes could see, the group hit the stage hard with the thunderous “The Darkest Day of Man.” For the next thirty minutes, the group performed a mix of classic Whitechapel tracks as well as songs from their recently released Billboard Top 50 album – A New Era of Corruption. After “The Darkest day of Man” rocked the sun soaked crowd, some older Whitechapel songs found their way into the set. Highlights included a bone crushing take on “Possession” and a treat for the hardcore – “Vicer Exciser” from the bands 2007 debut The Somatic Defilement.
I have to assume that many in the crowd were new to Whitechapel. “Eternal Refuge” and “Breeding Violence” seemed to have much rowdier pits then the closing “This Is Exile.” I mention this because Exile is the point in the show where lead vocalist Phil Bozeman splits the crowd for the Wall of Death. Bozeman tried not once, but twice to part the Warped crowd, but for whatever reason the youth of Ventura couldn’t grasp the concept. In closing, Whitechapel owned and I am sure made many new fans, even if those fans can’t follow the simple directions requesting that they separate into two sides only to run and beat the shit out of each other.
Bring Me The Horizon
I had walked away from Bring Me The Horizon’s main stage set after two songs because the United Kingdom’s leader in Metalcore had once again failed to captivate me. I have to think perhaps it’s something wrong with me? The first time I saw these guys was during the 2009 Taste of Chaos tour and I was fortunate enough to watch them from the flippin’ stage. I felt nothing. This Sunday at Warped, I was blessed with a photo pass, and while I stuck my lens inches from their sweat soaked faces, I found myself bored. Hell, even tonight I had coffee with a world-class musician who has toured the world multiple times, and he was singing the praises of these guys. So what am I missing?
I even caught the tail end of the set walking to another stage, excited that the final song was named for Hunter S. Thompson’s suicide note. Explain this to me. How can you have a song called “Football Season Is Over” from an album called Suicide Season and have it NOT be about the greatest writer in American history?
When I started this site, the goal was to have fans review the music they love. I wanted this, because any time I read a concert review in a newspaper or magazine, it seems that the journalist is out of touch and does not understand the band and their music. So instead of taking the easy road and saying fuck these generic jerk-offs who are more about being scene then creating something pleasing to the ears, I have a request. If you are a fan of this band, and you happen to come across this review contact me. Sign up for the site, or send me an e-mail . Hell send me your review of these guys via messenger pigeon if you must. I want to know what you feel when Warped hits your town, and you are running across a parking lot engulfed in the WALL OF DEATH that takes place during “Football Season is Over.” Tell me why you love BTMH, because despite being blessed to see them from photo pits and on stage, I simply do not grasp what the big flipping deal is about these lads.
I had a choice. Go watch Suicide Silence, or get snuck back stage. I think you can guess which choice I made. Suicide Silence made a huge impression on me at the 2009 Golden Gods Awards. Yet, I never followed up. I like what I have heard, but when I see the record at Target, it’s always been left behind with claims of maybe next time. I need to get my ass to Target, because really these guys are onto something. Thankfully, after a looooooooooong day at Warped Tour, my crew hung right behind the side stage where the Southern California band was performing. The last band on that stage on this third stop of Warped, I layed down upon a lush lawn and stared into space as the band just killed it. Perhaps it was the exhaustion, or trips to the beer garden but with muffled sound and unable to see the band we still managed to correct. You know what, it was not the exhaustion, and it was not the beer. It was the simple fact that good music will always sooth the soul. Suicide Silence, I am coming for you, and next time around we will do it right.
Fungo Mungo, Will Haven, Shaun Lopez (FAR), Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Rocky George (Suicidal Tendencies), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Daron Malakian (System of A Down), Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), John Dolmayan (System of A Down), Shavo Odadjian (System of A Down), Max Cavalera (Soulfly), Deftones and many more!
November 20, 2009 — Avalon: Hollywood, CA
Words/Photos/Videos by Karla Serrano
After witnessing night one of Chi Chengs benefit show I thought to myself, “There’s no way in hell they could top this tomorrow night!” I was so wrong.
Fungo Mungo, and Will Haven opened up for the best show of 2009. Fungo Mungos set was no longer than 20-30 minutes, and the same for Will Haven. We did not wait very long for Deftones. After Will Havens last song you could feel the anxiety and anticipation in the room! I felt like I was waiting for a ticking time bomb to just blow up. When the lights went down and the music was turned off, I took a deep breath and grabbed on to the barricade for dear life. Deftones came on stage and opened up with, “Bored.” The energy in that room was unbelievable! I felt like it was my first time at a Deftones show. After the fourth song I started to wonder when the special guests were going to appear on stage. For the fifth song, “Beware” Shaun Lopez joined Deftones. After “Beware” Greg Puciato, from The Dillinger Escape Plan joined Deftones to perform “Hexamgram.” Chino and Greg are an amazing duo!
After Deftones finished performing “Root”, I see a man with long hair and a pony tail walk on stage and waved at everyone. At first I didnt recognize his face because the lights were still low. Once the lights went on they started playing “Engine No. 9” and I look over and its ROBERT TRUJILLO from Metallica standing in front of my face! I couldn’t believe it! Once the crowd noticed that it was him, they went nuts! Trujillo, that man had so much energy! It was amazing! After “Engine No. 9” that’s when things started to get very interesting. The guys from Suicidal Tendencies joined the stage and Trujillo didn’t go anywhere! They started playing “War Inside My Head.” Watch it here!
After that epic performance, none of us were ready for what was going to happen next! All of a sudden the stage started to look smaller by the minute! More people started to join the stage. Greg Puciato, Robert Trujillo, Dave Lombardo, Daron Malakian, Alexi Laiho, and others were on stage! Then, hell broke lose. They started playing “Battery.”
I couldnt believe what I was seeing! When Alexi played that first note, you could see Trujillos huge smile on his face! I knew this was going to be amazing! Greg and Chino did the vocals flawless! I have no more words to describe this melting pot of greatness! Here’s the video.
I thought that was the end of the show, it just felt like the appropriate way to end an epic show. I was wrong, once again! Everyone left the stage except for Deftones and Daron. Then John Dolmayan and Shavo Odadjian walk to the stage. Everyone in the crowd didnt know what to think or believe anymore! System of A Down (Except Serj) was on stage with Deftones! They performed “Aerials” and “Toxicity.”
After “Toxicity” Chino said that they had one more song, and he thanked everyone for coming and supporting the cause. They played “7 Words.” Everyone in the crowd gave it their all, they sang with every bit of last energy that they had left in their bodies! Once they were done with “7 Words” Deftones said their goodbyes and threw out picks and drumsticks. Security were telling us that it was time to go, to start heading towards the exit. As the pit started to losen up, Deftones ran back on stage with Max Cavalera and said that they had more song! The head security of the Avalon was in front of me and he looked irritated. Im sure “7 Words” was supposed to be the last song, and they randomly decided to play just one more song for us! They performed “Head Up” It was beyond epic!
I felt more than lucky to be attend both of those shows. It was amazing to see all those artist come together for a great cause.
A Benefit For Chi Cheng – Featuring P.O.D., Far, Cypress Hill, Tommy Lee, Mark McGrath, Greg Puciato, Ben Kenney, Xzibit, Richie Cavlaera, Rodleen Getsic and the Deftones
11/19/09 – Avalon: Hollywood, CA
Words/Photos/Videos by Reverend Justito
When I read on blabbermouth.net last year that Chi Cheng, bass player for one of my all time favorite bands was in a coma from a serious car accident, my heart sunk deep into my gut. For 12+ years, I have seen his band – the Deftones all over the great state of California. From my first show at The Edge in Palo Alto to the Los Angeles Coliseum with Metallica; when it comes to heavy music, personally nothing gets me off harder than the Sacramento five piece. Needing no excuse to see the Deftones live, I made sure I secured tickets as soon as they went on sale for the Chi Cheng Benefit at Avalon Hollywood. For years, the Deftones have gotten me through some tough times in life, and it is an honor and my duty to help one of them when they truly need it (for those unaware, Chi’s insurance is no longer covering the high costs that come with being in a coma).
My wife and I found a great spot stage right at Avalon, and were ready to go when the first band of the evening hit the stage around 7:30pm. Not visually recognizing them, I was shocked when I heard the opening notes of “Boom”. Holy smokes, its P.O.D. I said to my wife. Sadly, I had forgotten all about this San Diego four piece (and judging by a polite, but dull reaction by the rest of the crowd, I was not the only one) who I never managed to catch live during their 15 minutes in the spotlight. The bands brief set consisted of their radio hits, which included the earlier mentioned “Boom”, “Southtown”, “Youth of the Nation” and “Alive”. The band sounded very unpolished in my opinion, with guitarist Marcos Curiel was probably the weakest link, especially on Youth. Despite this (and front man Sonny Sandoval’s failure to get the crowd to participate), I enjoyed the warm up set from a band that while never a huge fan, were at least enjoyable the first 249,928 times you heard them on rock radio.
At my first Deftones show in 97, fellow Sacto rockers Far were main support and blew me away. Sadly, they broke up shortly after and I never got a chance to see them again. Thankfully that changed, as they were the second act to perform in honor of Chi. While they didn’t play their recent radio gem – a cover of Ginuwine’s “Pony”, the band did tear through classics from their highly influential record Water & Solutions. Despite some sound issues for guitarist Shaun Lopez, “Bury White” managed to give me goose bumps. Far was playing live 15 feet in front of me I kept saying over and over again. “Mother Mary”, the bands earlier taste of radio success (if you can even call it that) managed to get a few bodies moving on the floor, but I fear many didn’t realize who they were. Front man Jonah Matranga made sure to keep the focus on Chi, as he shared with us tales of visiting Chi in the hospital and how their upcoming 2010 release At Night We Live was named based off a dream he had about the injured bass player. The brief but emotional set was too short for me, and I must catch these guys next year when they tour behind their new record. If you have never heard Far’s music, you really should, as just about every popular rock/emo band this decade has ripped them off in one way or another.
After another quick set change, it was time for some hip hop sounds from Los Angeles stoner legend Cypress Hill. Once again, I felt some goose bumps as somehow I have never caught Cypress Hill live. Wow, was I impressed – after playing their song “Boom”, the band busted out classics such as “How I Could Just Kill A Man” and “Insane In The Brain”. After 15+ years the later two jams withhold the test of time, and managed to get the first circle pit of the night swirling on the very crowded dance floor. Running short on time, the band closed with an abbreviated version of “I Want To Get High” as B-Real lit up a fat joint on stage. I guess he’s a patient of Dr. Eisenberg as well?!?!?!
Deftones hit the stage like a ten ton dump truck. Opening with the new number “Rocket Skates” the crowd erupted, bashing into each other with joy and delight. I really dig “Rocket Skates”, especially the heavy crunchy riffs of guitarist Stephen Carpenter. Three songs from the Around The Fur quickly followed. “Lotion” gave front man Chino Moreno the chance to show off a slimmer body than past years, while radio hits “My Own Summer (Shove It)” and “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)” only increased the size of the circle pit. After playing various songs from perhaps their most successful record White Pony, which included an intense versions of “Elite” and “Street Carp” (featuring Ben Kenney of Incubus on Bass/Vocals) and the bands biggest hit to date “Change (In The House of Flies)”what felt like a typical evening with the Deftones became anything but.
I was a bit surprised that the band picked Los Angeles (versus their hometown of Sacramento) for the benefit shows. Then it occurred to me that the only star power in Sacto is a washed up actor/body builder whose life goal is to destroy our fine state, and Hollywood was actually the perfect location. First recognizable face for me was Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato, who while not Maynard James Keenan, did a fine job handling vocals on “Passenger”. From there, various members of Far returned to the stage, first for a tender version of “Xerces”, and then perhaps my musical highlight of the night, a cover of the Jawbox jam “Savory” (which Deftones released on their B-Sides & Rarities collection a few years ago). This song is an intense distorted snarl and to watch Far front man Jonah Matranga trade hooks with Deftones front man Chino Moreno is something I will never forget.
The collaborations got crazier from there. I don’t know whose idea it was to get both Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park and living legend Tommy Lee (Motley Crue, Rock Star Supernova and of course a certain home video with a certain Baywatch Babe) together for “Anniversary of an Unimportant Event”, but I am glad they did. I wish I didn’t have to say this, but shame on select audience members who booed and taunted Shinoda as he played keys on the soft number. This was not a night for boo’s but a night for positive energy for Chi. Things just got stranger as Sugar Ray front man/TV personality Mark McGrath joined the band (along with Tommy Lee, who basically hung out the rest of the night on some form of percussion) for a blistering cover of Thin Lizzy’s classic “Jailbreak”. Likewise, kudos to McGrath who educated the crowd before they could booo, sharing how his band toured with the Deftones back in 1995, long before his act sold their souls and started to appear in Scooby-Doo films.
As I changed batteries in my camera, rapper Xzibit snuck out on stage and rocked the house down with “Back To School” (which I don’t own on CD, since I actually purchased White Pony the first day of release). Moreno seemed shocked that he was sharing the stage with the MC/TV host, while Xzibit was all smiles, nailing the lyrics to the song. Up next members of Far and Cypress Hill joined forces on stage with the Deftones, as the now mega-group launched into a cover of Sade’s “No Ordinary Love” for the very first time (at least as far as the Deftones go) live. It was real spacey, jammy/percussion heavy and stretched out to the limits. B-Real and Sen-Dog of Cypress hill then joined in the fun with arguably the heaviest version of their hit “Rock Superstar” ever.
The night ended with perhaps the “Head Up” – the heavy insane skull crushing number from Around The Fur. I know someone came out to take the vocals originally recorded by Max Cavalera, but I couldn’t tell you who he was (Updated 11/23/09 – It is Richie Cavalera from the band Incite). As the crowd bounced and jumped around like crazy, the band blasted through the song with amazing accuracy. In fact, it has been years since I have heard the Deftones (especially Chino) sound so good. The band left the stage to chants of Chi Chi Chi, and despite the majority of the crowd cheering, yelling and going crazy for a solid five minutes, the band never returned for an encore. While some bitched about the lack of encore as they walked out, I was just thankful. Thankful for the one time I got to meet Chi, thankful for all the music he has helped make that has made my life better. But most important, more than thankful, I was hopeful that perhaps one day Chi will wake up and join his brothers upon the stage again.