Deftones – Live At Shepherds Bush Empire

A 2-hour set of pure perfection

Ahead of their main stage performances at this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals, Californian alt-metallers Deftones have chosen the rather intimate venue of Shepherd’s Bush Empire to house their warm-up show.

As the lights go down, the entirety of this sold-out 2000 capacity venue start screaming, clapping and whistling, just waiting to get a glimpse of the band. Starting with the title track off their latest record, ‘Diamond Eyes’, the band seem as excited as a child on Christmas, with front man Chino Mereno jumping around the stage with all the energy the audience are projecting onto him.

Throughout the entirety of their 2-hour set, the band seem very engaged with the crowd, stopping to joke, chat and say ‘cheers’ before drinking down a bottle of London Pride. Nobody present seems bothered by the waiting between songs, occupying themselves by shouting ‘Chino’ in a football crowd fashion whenever he takes a pause. Not a beat, word or harmony is missed all night, by the band or the fans, with ‘Hole in the Earth’ being an incredible chorus of everybody present, even having points where you can hardly hear the music. Notably, ‘My Own Summer(Shove it)’ and ‘Change(In The House Of Flies)’ get ridiculously strong reactions in the way of crowd-surfing, circle pits and jumping around, which Chino himself gets in on, obviously to the dislike of the security.

Deftones’s best known track ‘Back to School’ isn’t heard all night, with most people expecting it to appear in the encore, when it didn’t, it seems to go unmissed. Ultimately, a 2-hour set of pure perfection with boredom nowhere in sight.

Words by Amanda Arber
Photo by Stephen Fourie

View a full photo gallery from Deftones gig at Shepherds Bush Empire HERE.

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