Better Than...flying across the country to see Deftones in sports arenas on the East Coast next month.
For a band whose lyrics are ridden with angst, Saturday night's Deftones show was filled with smiling faces, from the stage to the crowd.
The Troubadour is a far cry from the sports arenas the group will be playing next month with System Of A Down. But the cozy confines of this show led to one of the more communal atmospheres we've seen in a heavy music show.
From the moment he took the stage, Moreno commanded it with a poise and mastery that only comes from playing arenas and larger theaters for many years. Seeming to play directly to every single person in the room at some point, Moreno's strong energy fostered the communal atmosphere throughout the night. The sense of community was best displayed during the song "You've Seen The Butcher," when he was passed a joint from the crowd and honored the "puff puff pass" code by giving it back after taking a toke.
The set list was filled with fan favorites from the band's entire career, focusing most heavily on the band's first three albums and 2010's return-to-form Diamond Eyes. The band likely realized that a show like this was going to be filled with the hardest of their hardcore fans, so their selection of songs was as all-killer/no filler as a Deftones set could be.
But the band has a new album coming out in October, so there was much buzz around the room that we would be graced with the presence of new music. The crowd was rewarded with two new songs, and if last night's reaction was any indication, the new album is going to go over very well.