Last night was as satisfying as it gets for a lifelong [lastfm]Deftones[/lastfm] fan like myself.
Songs “Change” (In The House Of Flies), “Be Quiet And Drive” and “My Own Summer” (Shove It) got the Gibson Amphitheatre crowd hyped up. Songs from the new Diamond Eyes album including the title track and an amazing version of “Sextape” reminded everyone that Deftones do a gig like no other. Frontman Chino Moreno still has one of the most amazing voices in all of rock. His soaring and hypnotic vocal for “Sextape” had the crowd standing still…almost concentrating on every word.
Original bass player Che Cheng remains in a minimally conscious state due a car accident a few years ago. Former [lastfm]Quicksand[/lastfm] bass player Sergio Vega filled in nicely. Deftones dedicated a song to their bandmate and friend, Che.
Although it sounds crazy, I had never seen [lastfm]Alice In Chains[/lastfm].
There’s something to be said for catching a band with all original members live when they’re first coming up. Original bass player Mike Starr can be seen on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew - not playing bass.
Frontman Layne Staley passed away over eight years ago but Alice In Chains never officially disbanded. The thing was they were inactive for so long, that was the assumption. In 2005, singer William Duval joined and helped release Black Gives Way To Blue – their first album in 14 years.
[pullquote quote="we don't exist without you." credit="Jerry Cantrell"]Opening with “Them Bones,” if you closed your eyes you would SWEAR Layne Staley was still fronting. Power chords and the amazing trademark harmonies with guitarist Jerry Cantrell sold me on William Duval.
Alice In Chains sound exactly the same and the faithful who sold out the Gibson let them know. Jerry Cantrell is one of the most respected and coolest guys in rock and made a point to thank everyone saying “we don’t exist without you.”