Deftones were back in the UK after a two year absence. This show was originally scheduled to take place on the 21st November 2015, but was cancelled due to the tragic terrorist attacks in France. The date was rescheduled and Deftones had returned, with an excellent new album called Gore in tow. Despite the floor being packed, there were large sections of empty seating with the speculation that lots of people couldn’t attend the rescheduled date. But those who did attend left with smiles on their faces.
Architects were meant to open the gig but could not make the rescheduled date, so the honour of opening for Deftones fell to Black Peaks. Getting the chance to open for one of your favourite bands at a packed Wembley must be surreal and daunting experience, but Black Peaks did not let it show for a second as they confidently opened with ‘Glass Built Castles.’ Black Peaks is a band that will clearly headline large venues in the future and potentially Wembley. They thanked the crowd and Deftones for this opportunity and were humble in their approach. They only had seven songs but they played with the talent of a headlining band; set-closer ‘Say You Will’ and ‘Saviour’ were particularly captivating. Judging by the surprisingly large amount of Black Peaks shirts in the crowd and the people clapping after each song, it’s safe to say Black Peaks won a lot of fans.
After an agonising fourteen month wait, Deftones finally took the stage. After the intro tape to ‘Hearts/Wires’ blasted out, the band walked and instead launched into ‘Rocket Skates’ from Diamond Eyes. Frontman Chino was on fine form running around the stage and holding the mic out to the audience during the chorus. But it wasn’t until the second song, instant classic ‘My Own Summer’ that the show really truly started with the whole venue singing ‘Shove It!’ with the band. The hits came thick and fast and the band delivered them in style. ‘Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away),’ ‘Rosemary,’ ‘Digital Bath,’ ‘You’ve Never Seen the Butcher’ ‘Diamond Eyes,’ and a monumental ‘Change (In The House of Flies)’ had the whole venue united in song and more came with the efficiency of a well-oiled machine. Nothing could stop Deftones as they went about their business of wowing everyone. A visual backdrop played throughout the night, adding an extra layer to the songs. The crashing glaciers amplified the power of ‘Rosemary’ while the flying flamingos from Gore aided the material played from the album.
Speaking of new material, the new songs such as ‘Prayers/Triangles’ and ‘Rubicon’ fitted in nicely with the hits and did not seem out of play. In a touching moment, the band played tribute to the late great Prince when they performed the song ‘Prince’ from Diamond Eyes, turning the lights purple in respect. After their set, the band came on for an encore to perform a few tracks from their debut Adrenaline, much to the happiness of the old-school fans in the crowd. After ‘Root’ and ‘Engine No.9,’ they disappeared into the smoke, off to bed for a well-earned rest.
The show was simply amazing and the band have never sounded better. But not everyone was happy as one disgruntled attendee said “That was awful, Chino looks fat, wears white socks and doesn’t give a shit anymore”. If only there were more reviews like that then I’d be out of a job. Deftones proved once again that they are one of the most special bands on the planet, but this is not the end of their story.