#TunesdayTuesday: Deftones Live FULL SHOW 5/9/15, Rock in Rio – Las Vegas

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks so the posts have been far less frequent than I’d like. To jump back into Tunesday Tuesday, I needed something killer to get it back on track. If there’s one thing that can do that, it’s a live Deftones set from Las Vegas.

If you’ve seen the Deftones live, you’re a fan. I don’t see how it could leave you any other way. You may not have been a big Deftones fan walking into the venue, but you definitely were by the time you walked out. That’s basically how it worked for me. Through the years since then, I’ve talked to a lot of people that shared the same kind of experience.

I was lucky enough to experience the Deftones in a more intimate setting, but still one with a sound system that can do a band like that some actual justice. I went to the show because my friends already loved the band, I was indifferent about them but really liked some of their songs, and most of all I have always been curious about what they would be like live. Their albums are so tonally complex and dynamic, I’ve always wanted to see how that translates on stage. Man does it translate.

Deftones – 5/9/2015 Rock in Rio Webcast – Las Vegas, NV * FULL SHOW *

Rocket Skates
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Swerve City
Diamond Eyes
Bloody Cape
Change (In the House of Flies)
Passenger (with Tim McIlrath)
Engine No. 9

For the longest time, to me the Deftones were just the band who put out “Change (In the House of Flies)” and had an album called White Pony that my friends were crazy about. I liked it, I just wasn’t in love with it. It wasn’t until a decade later they released the Diamond Eyes album and caught my attention. That was what ultimately tipped the scales to push me to go to that live show. I now look at my fandom of the band in 2 lights:

1. I wasted 10+ years of being able to listen and evolve with this band while I’ve struggled the entire time to find good music with longevity.

2. Perpetually struggling to find good music that holds up to my level of standards, I was just given a gift of now 7 new albums of material to fall in love with.

I’m not sure if this could have happened any other way, though. My first live impression of them was after 15 years of the band solidifying their chemistry and honing their craft down to a science and an art. I became the result of what professionals are supposed to do; engage every person in the room, turn every single person into a fan and make them all a part of whats happening in front of them.

That was my Deftones experience and now I’m a fan for life.

So what did you think of the show? Videos don’t really do it enough justice but it’s still pretty sick. What was your favorite song in the set? Were you shocked to see Tim McIlrath from rise against come out to sing on “Passenger”? Hit up the comments and I’ll see you down there.

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By: Eli Rebich