Deftones go against England’s World Cup opener at Download

Californian heroes thrill with slew of new material

Deftones stormed the Main Stage at Download festival today (June 12).

While the rest of the country waited in tense anticipation for the kick-off of England‘s first World Cup game against the USA, Donington enjoyed a different kind of intensity from the Sacramento rockers.

Deftones kicked off with ‘Rocket Skates’ from new album ‘Diamond Eyes’, before playing a set heavy with new material. Along with ‘Diamond Eyes’ itself, the band played ‘Cmnd/Ctrl’, ‘You’ve Seen The Butcher’, ‘Beauty School’ and ‘Sextape’.

A slimmed-down and energetic looking Chino Moreno also led the band through classics ‘Knife Party’ and ‘Change (In The House Of Flies)’.

At a press conference earlier on, the band updated fans on the condition of bass player Chi Cheng, who remains in a semi-conscious condition following a serious car accident in 2008.

Moreno said: “He’s making progress, but it’s slow. He’s starting to respond a bit more every day. It’s hard but we’re hoping he will be back with us… it’s tough to see him. But he’s a tough and strong guy so we’re hopeful for him.”

Cheng has been temporarily replaced in the Deftones line-up by Sergio Verda, who plays on ‘Diamond Eyes’.

Deftones played:

‘Rocket Skates’
‘Diamond Eyes’
‘Knife Party’
‘You’ve Seen The Butcher’
‘Beauty School’
‘Be Quiet And Drive’
‘My Own Summer’
‘Change (In The House Of Flies)’
‘Seven Words’

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