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Deftones, Dillinger Escape Plan @ Starland Ballroom 5.11.11 (photos, setlist, review)

Deftones (Photos & Review by Keeyahtay Lewis)

Deftones live

Dillinger Escape Plan

Dillinger Escape Plan live

Wed night, 5/11/11 Deftones made their way into Sayerville, NJ bringing along Funeral Party and Dillinger Escape Plan for the ride. Funeral Party opened the night with their brand of dance rock. On the heels of their debut album, "Golden Age of Knowhere" Funeral Party stalked the stage like the band they are; young, talented, with something to prove. Singer Chad Elliott has a fantastic range, going from screaming to soaring vocals with ease. The rest of the band did more than hold their own as well. They showed talent all around while remaining a ravenously physical, technically precise and impossibly fun live act.

Next up were Dillinger Escape Plan. This was my first time seeing them and their energy was almost...violent. It was like watching a car crash and trying to not get hit with flying glass. They stalked the stage with an energy that was incredible to see. Hailing originally from Morris Plains, NJ, these boys were right at home with the NJ crowd.  At times, singer Greg Puciato would launch himself off the stage onto the barricade. And at other times, he would forgo the barricade entirely and  he would just go straight into the audience. The crowd held onto him, screaming every word along with him. Guitar player Jeff Tuttle matched his energy pound for pound. At one point he ran over off the stage onto the bar. At another point, he tossed one of the stage monitors off the stage onto the floor. Like I said, I just tried to not get hit.

Headlining were Deftones. For a band who has been around since 1989, these guys played like they were still hungry. It was nice to see. The energy was high, Chino's vocals sounded tight and better than I had ever heard. The kids at the show went crazy the whole time, matching his energy note for note. They opened with one of the newer singles, "Diamond Eyes" but they also delved deep into the catalog playing old songs like "My Own Summer (Shove It)", "Passenger", "Lifter" and of course "Change (In The House Of Flies)." I think they played enough of the heavier and more melodic to make every Deftones fan happy. Chino seemed to be really happy playing, singing to both sides of the stage, reaching out to grab kids' hands, and making sure everyone was having a good time.

Do You Believe


Deftones Setlist

Diamond Eyes
Rocket Skates
Engine No. 9
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Digital Bath
Knife Prty
Bloody Cape
You've Seen The Butcher
Cherry Waves
Change (In the House of Flies)
7 Words

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