By jonnyboy 1 Comments
Hey Giant Bomb!
What a week. As well as Bank Holiday, awesome weather (sometimes) and some truly breathtaking releases (Batman, Shadow Complex) this week also saw one of my all time favorite bands return to the capital for a one night only warm-up gig in preparation for the Reading Festival. The Deftones.
Anyone who was at the Kentish Town Forum on Thursday night witnessed something I haven't seen in many, many years. I saw the band play, like never before, like they actually wanted to be there, like they actually enjoyed being a band again. Maybe it was unfortunate that this rejuvenation may have its cause in the very serious medical state of the bass player Chi Cheng, who was involved in a serious car accident last year.
Each time I come out of a Deftones gig I am sure it's my last. A few years back they refused to be interviewed by a magazine due to the fact they couldn't stand to be around each other, a few hours later I witness a visibly pissed of Chino launch an out of tune guitar off stage at the beginning of a song missing Chi's head by Inches. Compare that image with footage taken of Thursdays show,
Before you say anything, yes I know the new bass player looks like Easy E.
If you want to see more, follow the link to youtube, but I can tell you the atmosphere never halted, never slowed it's momentum, then just when I thought it couldn't get any better they played "Passenger", arguably one of the best songs they've ever done, rarely played live, and considering the Irony of Chi's accident, I thought I'd never see it again.
If anyone saw them on Thursday, or two days later when they took Reading totally off guard and delivered an equally mesmerizing set, let me know.
I tell you what, I went in there to see a band I've always liked, what I saw was the band I've always loved.