Typically during any sort of outdoor birthday celebration, when it begins to rain enough to wash away the ice cream cake, the party is moved indoors. However, Chino Moreno’s 43rd birthday party isn’t your typical celebration. In fact, it didn’t even have an ice cream cake. At this hard rock party, no one cared about the downpour or that the beer they just bought turned to a water cup. They didn’t care that they left their umbrella in the car or that the brand new Deftones t-shirt they bought was now a drenched rag. All that mattered was Thrice, Rise Against and Moreno’s Deftones.
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First off, you read that right. Thrice is no longer retired or on a break. The alternative emotive rockers are back and perhaps better than ever – their single “Black Honey” suggests so. They’re intense and their fan base is dedicated – which explained the strong turnout for such an early set time, not to mention when the sun was still shining. Thrice recently professed a newfound enthusiasm for creating music together and Tuesday night’s show solidified those claims.
When not passionately bellowing the lyrics to “Hurricane” into the microphone, lead singer Dustin Kensrue hammered around stage and drummer Riley Breckenridge signaled the start of “Silhouette” as if he hadn’t been doing it for over a decade. There’s something harder and better about Thrice in 2017 and by the looks of the mosh pits, they can’t pinpoint what it is either, but they’re perfectly okay with it.
Rarely is a tour comprised as ideally as this one is. Sharing the spotlight with Deftones, Rise Against offers a committed and standoffish sound and vision rooted in the traditional hardcore. Known for their politically charged lyrics, activism for animal rights, and other progressive stands, the four-piece show off deep-rooted lyrical content while offering the best guitar riffs in the business.
In comparison to Thrice and Deftones, Rise Against share a faithful fan base that isn’t a afraid to press themselves up against the barricade to show off their homemade rebellious flag. With the band’s eighth studio album, Wolves, less than two weeks old, the record received its fair share of airtime. From the title track to “Welcome To The Breakdown,” Rise Against proved that their newest work is just as good as the renowned tracks from the “Prayer Of The Refugee” era – all of which backed by Joe Principe’s fist salutes and Zach Blair spinning split jumps.
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Initially rooted in heavy metal, Deftones has created a very diverse image for themselves over the years. They’ve never been afraid to change their musical style and because of that, they’ve built an extremely diverse discography that makes for a unique setlist. If there’s one picture to paint from this Deftones show, it’s the image of Moreno propping himself up against the barricade and shoving his microphone into the faces of a dozen fans. Time once described Moreno’s lyrics as “suggesting emotions rather than announcing them.” During this particular fan engagement, you couldn’t make out what they were saying, but you could tell they were all heart.
The emotion is carried throughout the set. Whether Moreno’s hunched over on a speaker screaming “My Own Summer (Shove It)” or spread eagle on the platform in the pit, welcoming the monsoon that’s drowning him, he’s performing 20 mph over the speed limit.
The night showcased some of Deftones’ newest hits off Gore, which multiple diehards claimed was their favorite from the deep discography. Yet, it’s the greatest hits “Knife Party,” “Back to School (Mini Maggit) and “Change (In the House of Flies)” induced the largest mosh pits. Whether you are sold on Deftones stylistically, and the moshing around you, they’re more than a joy to watch live. The veterans still have has much energy as they did years ago and aren’t afraid to leave it all on stage, and pick up where they left off the next night.