Deftones, Rise Against, Thrice Live at Starplex Pavilion in Dallas, Texas
Hindered by Traffic, I was unable to catch Frank Iero (formerly of My Chemical Romance fame) and his band, as well as the majority of Thrice’s set, which absolutely broke my heart as I pulled up and heard the beginning of “Of Dust and Nations”, my favorite song of theirs.
Soulful and powerful as ever, Thrice has managed to not only maintain the momentum they’ve built over the years, but even as a support act, they brought their A-game and killed it. Playing guitar and belting the poetic vocal lines, vocalist Dustin Kensrue kept focused on keeping album quality vocals over headbanging alongside his bandmates, and the sound reflected it. His scratchy, powerful voice bounced between the aggression of their heavier side and the beauty of their calmer side, with a good portion of the latter as they performed more of the lighter music.
3. Of Dust and Nations
4. Black Honey
5. Yellow Belly
6. The Long Defeat
7. The Window
8. The Earth Will Shake
Rise Against came on next, opening their emotional performance with a short animation followed by what could be described as tone setting for their politically charged music. Another passionate act, Rise Against still pushes their message across quite effectively through a multitude of albums, with songs performed from their early work to quite a few from their recently released album (which is quite good I may add) titled Wolves. With a massive banner hanging behind bearing the bands names, the stage featured two scrims acting as screens for animations to couple with the songs being performed, a nice addition to help emphasize what’s being stated in the music. Those in attendance were all about it, dancing and jumping along to the beat from the very back all the way to mere feet from the stage, and Rise Against’s ability to command a crowd as such after being a punk band for 18 years is impressive to say the least. There were a few moments the vocals seemed a bit lacking, overpowered by the guitars, but a mere mixing issue was made clear as they went into a solo guitar and vocal performance. The vocalist, Tim McIlrath, took opportunities between songs to speak to the crowd on a multitude of heavy subjects, ranging from their political messages to words of hope for those struggling with depression, as well as our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ+ community. It was a pleasant and reassuring sentiment to begin with, but as time went on you could really feel the sincerity in his words, offering the positive message “Remember moments like this” to when the world feels scary, and that he has “nothing but hope” for the future generations coming into the world to change it for the better. As he was speaking, fireworks behind the seating areas began shooting off, a beautiful image to remind us to live in the current moment and do your best to enjoy it. All in all, I’ve been a fan of Rise Against since 2004, and my first time to see them was a phenomenal experience.
1.Ready to Fall
2.The Good Left Undone
3.Re-Education (Through Labor)
6.Help Is on the Way
7.Give It All
8.Welcome to the Breakdown
10.People Live Here
12.Prayer of the Refugee
13.Make It Stop (September’s Children)
I’ve loved Deftones since I was very, very young. I’ve missed every opportunity to see their performances for the last 9 years… needless to say, my anticipation of their show was without words. I honestly have very few words for this review, as it was an experience that you’d have to live through as a diehard fan. Backed by a spectacular light show, the performance opened with “Headup” from album “Around the Fur”, a mix of a nu-metal and rap sound that they originally helped popularize 20 years ago. High energy despite the years that’ve passed, it floored me to hear how album quality the vocal performance was, with vocalist Chino Moreno going above and beyond for the duration of the set as well as playing guitar alongside legendary guitarist Stephen Carpenter. Whether it be the freaky robotic delay effects on the bridge of “Elite”, matching that smooth liquidity of “Digital Bath”, or matching HIGHER notes than the female vocalist’s scream in “Knife Party”, it had me entranced. Deftones performance was luckily quite lengthy, playing the favorites from years past as well as the excellent newer music they’ve been consistently pumping out, pleasing all in attendance. The light show paired quite nicely as well, most notably on the song “Rocket Skates”, matching the line “Fuck with me” in an analog light panel behind the band.
Their performance maintained that raw energy simultaneously as it did the mystical, smoother side of deftones; a balance that has ensured longevity and kept the MASSIVE fanbase featuring people from all walks of life coming back for almost 3 decades. Words can’t even come close to describe how captivating an experience this was.
2.My Own Summer (Shove It)
7.You’ve Seen the Butcher
11.Back to School (Mini Maggit)
12.Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
13.Change (In the House of Flies)