Incubus and Deftones Charlotte, NC

Incubus and Deftones’ Tour Bring Huge Numbers While The Bots No-Show

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Doors opened at 6:15 to a high of 87; but you could Google that. What you really want to know is “what did I miss?” “Was Incubus any good now that they’ve dropped the label and after seven years since their last full-length release?” “Who are The Bots (and where the heck are they)?” “How does Death From Above sound live?” Chino Moreno (Deftones) mentioned the turn-out: “I never believed that coming to NC would be this poppin’ on a Sunday night,” he then resumed to incite the crowd to ‘raise up’ and ‘take their shirts off’.

Deftones

It was Madison Joyce’s first concert, who said “[I] have not been let down.” PNC Music Pavilion was in great form, the bands (who showed up) brought their A-games and the crowd was met head-on.

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You missed Death from Above 1979. Their time was pushed around since The Bots were not there.

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They went on at around 6:50, and with the sun still beaming onto the huge stage; something was amiss.

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The two members of Death From Above 1979 were occupying about a solid ten-square-feet of a stage that could fit a football team and extended family. I wager to say that their stage standee of the band logo took more space than they did. Overall the visual aspect was anticlimactic. When they began to play, though, the entire scene was eclipsed by their huge sound. I was seated about 75-feet from the stage, but considering I didn’t know how amphitheater’s amplify sound outward, I decided to take to the lawn.

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From there the band was in top form. Sure, I couldn’t get any legitimate photos with a tiny camera, but this is where I began to discover the fans. They were one step ahead of me, because I noticed that the stadium seating was only about half-full, while the lawn was growing closer to capacity. From here everyone could easily enjoy the Death From Above 1979 sound, heavy, rocking, with a touch of ambient noise.

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They’re currently touring with their sophomore album The Physical World (2014) along with the single “Virgins,” and I have to say that if you plan to see them in an amphitheater, opt for seats as far back as you can (unless you’re more interested in ogling than hearing the music), because their sound is far too big for any bouncy awning.

 

Heard Through The Crowd:

Grown Up Avenger Stuff

  • “Do you want a beer? Hey, do you? I’ll get you a beer. Do I want a beer? Okay, yea, get me a beer.” – very friendly girl

  • “Are you a Panther’s fan? Man, the Steelers kicked your butt last year. What? What’s wrong? C’mon man, be cool.” – very friendly guy who loves the Steelers

  • “I am so sad that [Deftones] didn’t play ‘Minerva’ or ‘Cherry Waves’.” – Channing Donaldson

  • “Best show ever, if you consider I’m just here to pet Brandon’s hair.” – hopefully-joking woman

  • “Some people just don’t realize that karma is everywhere, and the more bad you put out there, the more bad that will come to you.” – karma enthusiast

  • “We’re here for Incubus, who are you here for?” – fan of Incubus

  • “Oh, I don’t like Incubus.” – fan of some other band

  • “[Chino] sounds really similar to his albums.” – fan of Deftones

  • “I’ll doodle! And Holly, she’s a doodler, HOLLY!” – fan of Holly

(For more candid photos and shout-outs, see what happened through #twitfromthepit. Back to the bands.)

 Day Crowd

Heard from the pit:

  • “HEY YOU!! Do you think you can get me up with you — I have a camera phone, I do amazing things with it!” – man with camera phone

  • “Your job must be the best, how many band members have you slept with?” – person wanting to live vicariously through groupies

Deftones

You missed Deftones. With a 16-song set, they brought down the metaphorical curtain — they single-handedly brought the sun to rest beyond the horizon, and tucked it in with heavy, chugging melody. I returned to the seats under the awning to see how the fans there were receiving the show. It was like day and night (or dusk), compared to the Death From Above 1979 crowd.

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Those who were once seated were all standing, saying “to hell with these chairs!” There were rows and rows of people trying to capture the moment on their phones; they tried desperately to lean forward a few more inches to get better images of Chino Moreno.

Deftones

Only a few weeks since Lamb of God announced collaborating with Deftones on the song “Embers,” this tour sure hasn’t lost any steam (this being their eighth stop). I think that the fans of Deftones knew about this collaboration and decided tonight was the night to celebrate it.

Deftones

The fans were overall a bit crazy for Deftones, but when they started the song “Change (In The House of Flies),” the fans around me flipped. For a song that is a departure from their usual rocking, driving catalogue, this song sent couples into a sultry sway with one another.

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For some bands, every single song is a sing-along, but for Deftones, the music is so powerful that it acts as more of a Trojan horse for the lyrics; they infiltrate, rather than being the forefront of the music.

 Deftones

As of May 10, Deftones announced their upcoming album would be out in September; “It definitely feels like we’ve taken a step from our last record,” he said. “But it’s definitely a Deftones record, and it has all the elements that make us who we are. We’re not going out there to change anything, other than just thinking outside the box.” This is a year of collaboration for Deftones: from Deathgrips to Alice in Chains to Lamb of God. Almost 25-years in the game, and they’re obviously ready to unleash something new.

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Heard from VIP:

  • “Remember that dildo photo I posted?” Laughter.

  • “Well, now I’m shooting high-school photos… Wait not PORN! Well shit this is a Deftones concert.” – photographer who should not focus on this niche
  • “We can finally see the full show, thanks to that purdy tv on the wall live-streaming the show.” – photographer/tv-enthusiast

  • “This 1979 band is only two people? That’s good ‘cause it sounds like they only have one song that lasts an entire set.” – not a Death From Above 1979 fan

  • “The sound of the crowd singing the chorus is my favorite part of a concert, it’s that vibe you just don’t get anywhere else in the world.” – someone who knows whats up

Collage by Molly Shores depicting vape contest, fan doodle-pad (Sarah Whittington), dancing woman and orbs, lawn seating, family photo and eager fans.

Incubus

You missed Incubus. There is always anticipation between sets. Just before Incubus hit the stage they had a count-down, with numbers formed out of fractals and parabolas.

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The tone was already setting in, especially considering the extensive lighting rig Deftones shared with Incubus. With the sun down, and plumes of smoke (sans smoke machines), the count-down hit zero and “Wish You Were Here” began.

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From there on the crowd was ravenous. This tour connected the dots of the Incubus catalogue the way only live music can.

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Their camera-work shown via led displays was that of a dvd-package. Everyone has their favorite albums, but while “Vitamin” was well-received, so was “A Crow Left of The Murder.”

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Fans, young and old, all had high-points to the night. My high-point was when Boyd donned a surreal rabbit-like mask, with eyes lined with colorful leds, and joining Jose Pasillas on drums.

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We’ve all missed Incubus. Both they and Deftones have been leaving us waiting for new material. With Deftones’ possible September release, we also have another Incubus EP coming. Their choice to tour with only a four-track EP as their most current work left me bewildered. To my delight, this tour seems to be a very conscious culmination, integrating the band’s earliest work with the EP. They played a song from every album (but Fungus Amungus EP), with two songs from the EP Trust Fall Side A intertwined within their early work.

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I theorize that this tour and setlist is the band’s way of delivering the new with the old. There was probably apprehension from them since their major-label contract ended: “We’re without a management company. We don’t have publicists. We’re babies right now,” said Boyd to Rolling Stone.

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Heard in the parking lot:

  • “Someone stole my grill but not the plates, who does that?” – woman without grill

  • “Do you think this makes my tits look too ugly? I mean I could try to put it down lower, but then you can’t read the name of the band anymore —  do you think Incubus hates Motley Crue?” – ugly tits lady

  • “I bet if we walk this long enough it will count as a whole day’s workout, then we can drink more beer and not feel guilty.” – guilty beer-drinkers

     

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You missed The Bots; well, we all missed them, because (as heard from the VIP lounge) they were kicked from the tour that night. We’re still unsure to how or why, but they sure weren’t there. We’ll update you when we find out if they will be appearing on remaining tour dates. Rolling Stone referred to them as “Most Likely To Succeed” once seeing them at the second weekend of Coachella (2014). I guess we can’t win them all, though.

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Don’t worry, they missed you too. Come out to the next show that Incubus, Deftones and Death From Above 1979 do; we think you’ll appreciate how they’ve grown, and how they’re continuously applying their notorious musical vigor. Below are their remaining tour dates:

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Deftones Setlist:

  1. Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)

  2. My Own Summer (Shove It)

  3. Diamond Eyes

  4. Rocket Skates

  5. You’ve Seen the Butcher

  6. Sextape

  7. Feiticeira

  8. Digital Bath

  9. Knife Prty

  10. When Girls Telephone Boys

  11. Tempest

  12. Swerve City

  13. Passenger

  14. Change (In the House of Flies)

  15. Headup

  16. Engine No. 9

Incubus’ Setlist:

  1. Wish You Were Here

  2. Anna Molly

  3. Circles

  4. Absolution Calling

  5. Are You In?

  6. Vitamin

  7. Trust Fall

  8. In the Company of Wolves

  9. Nice to Know You

  10. Here in My Room

  11. Sick Sad Little World

  12. Pardon Me

  13. Love Hurts

  14. Megalomaniac

  15. Dig

  16. Drive

  17. A Crow Left of the Murder

 

Incubus tour dates:

Date Venue Location Tickets
Aug 12 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood Atlanta, GA Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 13 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, FL Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 14 Coral Sky Amphitheatre West Palm Beach, FL Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 15 Riegrovy sady Prag, Czech Republic Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 16 Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square New Orleans, LA Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 17 Austin360 Amphitheater Austin, TX Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 19 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, TX Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 20 Gexa Energy Pavilion Dallas, TX Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 21 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Maryland Heights, MO Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 23 Starlight Theatre Kansas City, MO Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 24 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, CO Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 26 Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 28 The Forum Inglewood, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 29 Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre Irvine, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 30 Sleep Train Amphitheatre at Chula Vista Chula Vista, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Sep 01 Comerica Theatre Phoenix, AZ Tickets RSVP Share
Sep 02 Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Sep 04 Reno Events Center Reno, NV Tickets RSVP Share
Sep 05 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Tickets RSVP Share
Sep 06 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Tickets RSVP Share

 

Deftones tour dates:

Date Venue Location Tickets
Aug 12 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewoodw/ Incubus Atlanta, GA Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 13 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatrew/ Incubus Tampa, FL Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 14 Coral Sky Amphitheatrew/ Incubus West Palm Beach, FL Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 16 Bold Sphere Music at Champions Squarew/ Incubus New Orleans, LA Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 17 Austin360 Amphitheaterw/ Incubus Austin, TX Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 19 The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsmanw/ Incubus Houston, TX Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 20 Gexa Energy Pavilionw/ Incubus Dallas, TX Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 21 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatrew/ Incubus Maryland Heights, MO Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 23 Starlight Theatrew/ Incubus Kansas City, MO Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 24 Red Rocks Amphitheatrew/ Incubus Morrison, CO Sold Out RSVP Share
Aug 26 Shoreline Amphitheatrew/ Incubus Mountain View, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 28 The Forumw/ Incubus Inglewood, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 29 Verizon Wireless Amphitheaterw/ Incubus Irvine, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Aug 30 Sleep Train Amphitheatrew/ Incubus San Diego, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Sep 24 Rock in Rio Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Tickets RSVP Share
Sep 25 Anhembi Arenaw/ System of a Down Sao Paulo, Brazil Tickets RSVP Share
Sep 27 Santiago Gets Louder Santiago, Chile Tickets RSVP Share
Oct 25 Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK Festival 2015 Sacramento, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Oct 27 Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Tickets RSVP Share
Oct 30 Vina Robles Amphitheater Paso Robles, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Oct 31 Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura, CA Tickets RSVP Share
Nov 01 Tempe Beach Park Tempe, AZ Tickets RSVP Share
Nov 14 Le Bataclan Paris, France Tickets RSVP Share
Nov 15 Le Bataclan Paris, France Sold Out RSVP Share
Nov 16 Le Bataclan Paris, France Sold Out RSVP Share
Nov 18 Columbiahalle Berlin, Germany Tickets RSVP Share
Nov 19 Palladium Koln Cologne, Germany Tickets RSVP Share
Nov 21 SSE Arena, Wembley London, United Kingdom Tickets RSVP Share
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