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Deftones Concert Review – 8/6/10 – Majestic Ventura Theatre – Ventura, CA

9 August 2010 6 Comments

By: Darius

This past Friday, the Deftones performed to a sold-out capacity crowd at the Majestic Ventura Theatre in beautiful Ventura, California. The theatre is a true gem in that it was built in the 1920’s and operated as a movie theatre before being converted into a live events venue decades later. The place had tons of character which I certainly appreciate, considering that these antiquated concert venues seem to be closing year after year.

Deftones (with Sergio Vega)

My one complaint about the show is that it’s just not the same without Chi Cheng on bass. This doesn’t mean that current bass player Sergio Vega doesn’t do a good job either. He has tons of energy on stage and he plays well. It’s just hard to watch this lineup and be reminded about the horrible tragedy that struck Chi nearly two years ago. Chi is my favorite member of the Deftones so his absence definitely had an effect on my personal feelings on the show as a whole. Furthermore, nobody picks up the slack in the vocal mix. Chi contributed a lot of backing vocals to some of the harder hitting Deftones material so songs like “My Own Summer” and “Lotion” were tame compared to years past. Plus, it’s just hard to replace a guy like Chi Cheng, who is an absolute monster on stage. Quick reminder to everyone, please click the following link to donate funds towards Chi’s ongoing treatment from the 2008 car accident and let us all hope for a full recovery.

Other than that, the show was really great. The setlist was one of the very best I have ever seen and the band played for nearly two hours. “Dai the Flu” was actually played, easily my favorite surprise of the night. Chino, who is in the best shape I have ever seen him, was all over the stage and worked the crowd exceptionally well. This isn’t the old Chino that stands in the middle singing the entire time anymore. He was everywhere and the old school Deftones fans will notice that he’s got his act together now. The band closed the show with “7 Words” and the place went nuts.

The Deftones are one of the best bands on the planet. Every album is amazing and they never disappoint live. They played several songs off the new album, Diamond Eyes, including the title track, “Rocket Skates”, and “Sextape”. Even without the great Chi Cheng, the band delivered a fantastic show and has shown me no signs of slowing down. Check out the Deftones on their current headlining tour or early this fall with Alice in Chains. And please everyone; wear your seatbelt at all times.

***Deftones: Ventura, CA 8/6/2010***

Needles and Pins
Dai the Flu
Beauty School
Knife Party
Digital Bath
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
Hole In The Earth
Diamond Eyes
Rocket Skates
You’ve Seen The Butcher
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Change (In The House of Flies)


Caress (Drive Like Jehu cover)
7 Words

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  • Carla said:

    Boy that’s some set! They had to go at least 90 minutes to 2 hours. Dai The Flu?! I never heard that live. Now, the only Deftones song on the first 3 that I haven’t heard live is Teething, but that doesn’t count.

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  • Vinny said:

    STOKED to hear Chino is in shape.

    I was so worried for a lot of years, man. It looks like he kicked some of the bad habits because this is the second review of recent shows where someone commented on how he looks.

    In the face of adversity these guys responded. I won’t hold it against them that there isn’t an NYC club date on this tour.

    DAI THE FLU! I would love to see this set.

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  • Brian Doran said:

    I don’t think I’ve heard them do that live. I heard MX and Damone one time each. They used to do Around The Fur in the past and I might have heard Mascara once. Did they do Lhabia live ever?

    This article made me think about how they can’t do songs like Engine No. 9, Headup and Damone in the future…amongst others.

    Chi is sorely missed.

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  • Dennis said:

    I’m going to see them with AIC at MSG in a few weeks. I figured they would struggle without Chi vocally. Do you think Frank can do that?

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  • godblessya said:

    @Dennis: There isn’t any way Frank Delgado can replicate Chi’s screams. I do think he could electronically replicate them. I’m not sure if the band wants to go down that road at this point though.

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