Deftones and Rise Against bring out the “Wolves” in Dallas

Deftones & Rise Against
Dallas, TX
Starplex Pavilion 

Deftones and Rise Against rocked the Starplex Pavilion last night in Dallas. Despite the thunderstorms earlier in the day, fans poured into the venue to catch one of the summer’s first rock shows. As the sun went down, the humidity rose and quickly made for a hot and sweaty evening.

Photo by Josh Martinez

Touring in support of their latest release Wolves, Rise Against hit the stage hard and heavy with “Ready to Fall” and the audience immediately launched into a bouncing bunch of maniacs. The raw energy of the band seemed to be an all-out assault on the senses. Not allowing anyone to catch their breath, they followed up the first punch with “The Good Left Undone” and “Re-Education”It should be stated that Tim Mcllrath’s vocal range is on point and sounds just as good live, if not better than it does on the radio. Guitarist Zach Blair absolutely shredded through “The Violence”, jumping around the stage like a madman with a wild look in his eyes. Joe Principe on bass and Brandon Barneson drums laid down some furious groundwork on “Give it All” and “Welcome to the Breakdown”, proving they are a rock solid rhythm section. I don’t recall one time during the set where the band looked tired or lazy and I could tell they were giving everything they had on that stage. One final blow sent the crowd into a frenzy as they rounded out their set with “Savior”. A solid performance by Rise Against and always great to see them live.

Photo by Josh Martinez

Chino Moreno and Deftones took advantage of the warmed up crowd and only added fuel to the fire as they dove right into Headup. Insanity immediately followed. Fans went completely crazy with excitement and adrenaline during “My Own Summer”. I’ve never seen so much energy at a concert, at one point the crowd resembled an angry mob itching to tear some non-fan limb from limb. And just like that, Chino lulled the audience into a trance with the beautifully dark “Digital Bath”. The lights swayed in and out with the music while the soaring melodies blended perfectly with whispering vocals. Bassist Sergio Vega thumped along with Abe Cunningham on drums through “Knife Party” while guitarist Stephen Carpenter held it all together with his amazing fretwork. The night was almost over, but they still had a few cards up their sleeve as they dealt their last hand with favorites “Change” and “Minerva”Deftones always bring the rock to Dallas and last night was no exception.