There’s more to the Deftones than White Pony. Sure, that 2000 album may have been the last mainstream blip on the radar of the commercial masses for the hard rock/metal band, but with a balanced combo of old favorites and new material, their June 11 show at The Joint proved they’ve still got it.
The venue was packed from pit to balconies, and deafening cheers erupted as a white owl projection flew across the screen when the band took the stage. They launched into “Diamond Eyes” from the critically successful 2010 album of the same name. Lead singer Chino Moreno was significantly slimmer than he was at concerts past, and he played to the crowd—including climbing the security barriers at the front—to fans’ delight. A major mosh pit seemed inevitable as the Deftones’ energy spilled from the stage, but the crowd was surprisingly well-behaved (maybe we’re getting old).
Highlights included “Knife Party” with an appearance by Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes, a sing-along en masses to “Change (In the House of Flies)” and, despite our hopes Maynard might make a surprise appearance when they launched into “Passenger,” Greg Puciato of the Dillinger Escape Plan dueted with Chino expertly, then the night peaked with “Back to School.”