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Deftones 10/23/12: Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL

Deftones w/ Scars on Broadway 10/23/12

Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL

Words/Photos by concertchk

I managed to get a Personal Day off from work so I knew there would be nothing getting in my way as I traveled north to Chicago to catch Deftones. A friend of mine was traveling from Michigan and had stayed the night up in Chicago, so she was already there, just not at the venue yet, I managed to get to Chicago around 11:30am or so, roughly that time, and low and behold there were two folks in line, a nice couple that had gotten there around 10:30 am, Of course friends were made with another couple that came along with Alexis my friend from Michigan and the line was formed.

The Aragon in Chicago is an old theater that has a sky for a ceiling, and a Spanish looking balcony, it’s very ornate inside. It’s a good venue, the acoustics are good, the air flow isn’t, but I’ve seen several shows there, and would recommend anyone going to a general admission show, there is a flight of stairs, but overall, it’s one of my go to venues in Chicago. Love it, and it’s located a block away from the Riveria. So two great venues all on the same street.

Of course there was construction happening at the train station that the Aragon sits next to and we were told to start lining up down the alley. That’s where we sat throughout the day. We did get rained on, got food, but overall having good company and someone to talk to helps you pass the time. The doors weren’t opening until 6:30pm, and we were allowed into the venue around 6:45pm. Got right up in the middle on the rail, they had the rail going in a ‘u’ shaped format, so standing right in that left area of the ‘u’ worked well as all of us who showed up early got great spots.

The opening band was “Scars on Broadway”, which consisted of Daron and John from System of the Down, honestly I have never heard of them, so they were new to me, but overall they didn’t do that bad. There was several folks there just to see them only to leave when they were done. One guy in the pit down by me actually said he had never heard of the Deftones, can you believe that? Scars on Broadway played some really catchy rock songs, and at one point there was this giant penis, that was lifted up out in the crowd, and it said and I quote “I’ll piss on your face while you suck on my cock” Lyrics from one of Scar’s songs, and they played that song, and acknowledged the huge blow up dick. I swear, between the pot and blow up, it was a rather interesting concert.

This makes the third time I’ve seen the Deftones, and roughly the most brutal of all three shows. I’m really surprised I didn’t break a rib that’s how bad the pit was. I even have the battle scars to prove it. The Deftones took the stage around 8:45pm to a massive push on my side. The other side of the pit didn’t move, but the left side did.  I’m really surprised a rib did not break. It was just a rush of people coming at the rail, and that continued pretty much through the whole entire set. Chino looked fabulous, he was flawless in belting out “Diamond Eyes” as their opening number.. The stage was really high at the Aragon, so he was able to actually look out over the entire crowd, everyone was singing along, and as usual the pit had many shifts. After “Diamond Eyes”, they went right into “Rocket Skates”, overall I believe they sang twenty songs, with Chino coming out into the pit during one, I can’t remember which one it is, as soon as he jumped off the stage, the surge of people was intense, he did manage to come on my side, right in front of another friend and her boyfriend. He started to go over to the other side, and then decided to hit up the middle of the pit, which was epic; his shirt did get ripped off almost.

Overall excellent performance by the Deftones, out of all three shows I’ve been to, this one was the best, the worst for pit, but the best for performance. There wasn’t an encore, although Chino did go change his shirt (to a Ghost shirt, click here to read all about how amazing that band is) so that could have been the small break, and they roughly played for an hour and half.

I did walk away bruised and battered, and slightly high in a sense, along with a parking ticket, and making it home, to catch three hours of sleep before being at work at 7. Great concert, typical day in this concert chick’s life.


Diamond Eyes

Rocket Skates

You’Ve Seen The Butcher

Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)

My Own Summer (Shove It)




Digital Bath

Knife Party



Engine No. 9


Change (In The House of Flies)


Bloody Cape



7 Words



Deftones Announce Fall 2012 US Tour Dates

Deftones Announce Fall 2012 US Tour Dates

Deftones have just announced dates for a fall 2012 US tour. The trek will be in support of their 7th studio album Koi No Yokan which will hit shelves later this fall. Joining the Deftones as main support will be the System of a Down offshoot Scars on Broadway. You can check out all the dates down below. For the latest news on Deftones, check out their official website by clicking here.

Sat 09/22/12 Epicenter Festival – Irvine, CA
Sun 09/23/12 Aftershock Festival – Sacramento, CA (No Scars on Broadway)
Tue 10/9/12 Ventura Theatre – Ventura, CA
Wed 10/10/12 Warfield – San Francisco, CA
Fri 10/12/12 Roseland Ballroom – Portland, OR
Sat 10/13/12 Showbox, SODO – Seattle, WA
Sun 10/14/12 Commodore – Vancouver, BC
Tue 10/16/12 Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
Wed 10/17/12 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
Fri 10/19/12 Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
Sat 10/20/12 Harrah’s – Kansas City, MO
Sun 10/21/12 Blue Note – Columbia, MO
Tue 10/23/12 Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
Wed 10/24/12 Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
Fri 10/26/12 Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
Sun 10/28/12 The Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Mon 10/29/12 House of Blues – Boston, MA
Tue 10/30/12 Terminal 5 – New York, NY

Epicenter Returns to Irvine, Announces 2012 Lineup

Epicenter Returns to Irvine, Announces 2012 Lineup

Epicenter has returned for a fourth year to sunny Southern California. For the second year it will be held in Irvine California at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Past lineups include Tool, Linkin Park, Alice in Chains in 2009 (You can read our review here); Kiss, Eminem, Blink-182 in 2010; and the greatly disappointing Limp Bizkit, Staind, Papa Roach triple “threat” in 2011.

This year’s lineup appears to be a major improvement from 2011, with some of the most massively overlooked bands of the 90’s topping the bill: Stone Temple Pilots who are coming off a triumphant reunion, Deftones (who are going on tour with System Of a Down next month), and Bush, who are currently on tour with Nickelback (we’re just as disturbed as you are.)

Also on the bill are the System of a Down side project Scars On Brodway, formally party rap but now more leaning towards emo kids Hollywood Undead (who rocked the first Epicenter back in 2009), and fresh off of Warped Tour 2012 Dead Sara. Rounding out the lineup are Chevelle, Escape The Fate, Crash Kings, Hyro Da Hero and Beware of Darkness. No doubt additional artists will be added at a later date.

This all goes down September 22nd 2012. Tickets go on sale July 14th at 10 am PST. You can watch the official trailer for the festival down below.

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