The Deftones at the Ogden Theatre, with Funeral Party and the Dillinger Escape Plan, 4/22/11

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Aaron Thackeray
Chino Moreno of the Deftones up close and personal. See more photos from last night.

THE DEFTONES
With Funeral Party and Dillinger Escape Plan
04.22.11 | Ogden Theatre
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Funeral Party got the evening started, and after enduring its set -- one in which ear plugs couldn't be shoved deep enough into ear cannals to block out the horrid sounds being churned out -- let's just say Funeral Party tips the scales more on the former portion of its moniker and less on the latter.

Thankfully, the Dillinger Escape Plan, who was up next, graciously provided a much needed reprieve with an explosive, highly charged, 45-minute set of its trademark off-time signature blast beats. After fifteen years of wreaking havoc in any city they happen to pass through, Dillinger still exhibits the burning passion that makes them one of the most intense and violent live bands in music today.

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Aaron Thackeray
Greg Puciato of the Dillinger Escape Plan

Shortly before 10 p.m., the crowd began to chanting "DEFTONES! DEFTONES! DEFTONES!" with each cheer picking up volume. A broad mixture of people comprised the sold out crowd, both male and female, ages sixteen up to sixty -- a testament to the band's widespread appeal. And its staying power. While other acts of the same era have dropped off, the Deftones continues to flourish.

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Aaron Thackeray
Stephen Carpenter of the Deftones

When the outfit first emerged in the '90s, it was lumped into the realm of nu-metal alongside group's like Limp Bizkit and Korn, even though the Deftones offered a more progressive and mature sound that never really fit into that mold. Last year, the Deftones released their sixth studio album, Diamond Eyes, hailed by fans and critics alike. In spite of the fact that the Deftones have not matched the commercial success of their 2000 platinum release, White Pony, the band continues to progress; every new Deftones album exceeds, by leaps and bounds, each previous release.

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Chino Moreno. See more photos from last night.

And so year after year, the outfit continues to thrive year in a time when record sales are lackluster throughout all genres of music and despite the harrowing absence of one of its founding members, bassist Chi Cheng, who was involved in a car accident in 2008 and remains in a minimal conscious state to this day. Sergio Vega, formally of Post-American Hardcore band Quicksand, is filling in for Chi Cheng, while his Deftones bandmates and fans eagerly await his triumphant return to the stage.

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Aaron Thackeray

Just after the lights went down, the projection screen turned on, and for the next hour and a half, the Deftones commanded the Ogden. Bulldozing through a twenty song set, the Deftones covered everything from their back catalog to present day releases, from "Diamond Eyes," which kicked off the set to "My Own Summer" and "7 Words" to "Lotion" and "Hole in the Earth." During "Passenger," Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato came back on stage to trade vocals with Chino Moreno, who displayed his typically impressive wide range in which his melodic tenor tone easily ascends into demonic screams that echoed through the Ogden.

The chemistry between the players seemed a bit lacking, but the connection between the band and the audience was phenomenal. On more than a few occasions, Moreno got up close and personal with the capacity crowd. With the exception of a little too much feedback and bass reverb, the sound was tight. The lighting and stage production was stellar, complete with a skateboard style platform that Chino Moreno (vocals) walked back and forth on for the duration of the set.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK
Personal Bias:
I haven't seen the Deftones since 1999.
By the Way: Bassist Sergio Vega was pushed far back stage right and only came to the edge of the stage on occasion.
Random Detail: Deftones fans came far and wide. I met a couple from Salt Lake who caught the concert the night before in Utah and a few fans from Wyoming.

SETLIST

Deftones
04.22.11 | Ogden Theatre
Denver, CO

Diamond Eyes
Rocket Skates
Birthmark
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Engine No. 9
Hexagram
Minerva
Bloody Cape
You've Seen The Butcher
Sextape
Beauty School
Feiticeira
Digital Bath
Back To School (Mini Maggit)
Change (In the House of Flies)
Knife Prty
Elite
Korea
Passenger (with Greg Puciato)

ENCORE

Nosebleed
Root
7 Words

Location Info

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Ogden Theatre

935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music


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9 comments
Avery Wolkin
Avery Wolkin

I thought Funeral Party was good! Albeit their soundguy was a complete retard, but I thought they had more musical talent than DEP. You know you're not great when you have to induce seizures with strobe lights in your audience to get them to like you....

vegancommie
vegancommie

maybe that's what they gave the westword, then the band switched it up.

vegancommie
vegancommie

not that it matters, but this set list is wrong.

Boner
Boner

When you understand musical theory, then you can criticize DEP. Well, that or if you know how to calculate infinity. XD

destructomass
destructomass

DEP has phenomenal musical talent if you actually bothered to listen to them. The patterns they play while thrashing around on stage takes more talent then you'll ever have in about 10 lifetimes.

backbeatmod
backbeatmod

FYI: The previous one that was posted was from the soundboard, which we have since swapped out with the one above found on setlist.fm. - ed

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