Dia De Los Deftones @ Petco Park – 11/02/2019
After a successful inaugural Dia De Los Deftones in 2018, the Sacramento-based alt metal band returned to Downtown San Diego and Petco Park on Saturday November 2nd for the second annual festival. The day was highlighted by a broad selection of music with 10 bands on the bill including CHVRCHES, Gojira, JPEGMAFIA, Hum and headliners, Deftones.
The Dia De Los Muertos theme was carried on through art and exhibits within the Petco Park grounds with many of the attendees participating with appropriate face paint. Commemorative Deftones-inspired beers from Belching Beaver were a hit at concession stands, a collaboration that has now spawned 4 different options. Chino Moreno and the Deftones sure know how to throw a party as by sundown the sold out crowd was in festive mode and ready for a jam packed night of eclectic music. With two stages the music virtually never stopped after the gates to the venue opened at 3:30pm.
Megan Thee Stallion
Hailing from Houston, Texas the upstart rapper Megan Thee Stallion kicked off the main stage with a quick half hour set that was highlighted by “Freak Nasty” and “Hot Girl Summer”. Her mixtape, Fever was released this past summer and the breakout buzz on this artist is the reason she garnered a main stage spot.
The reunited Illinois-based alt rockers tore their way through a seven song set that was highlighted by their 1995 radio hit “Stars”. While many fans are anxiously awaiting new music, the side stage area was packed with nostalgic fans of this formidable band that included a sneak peak of a new track, “Desert Rambler”.
The aggressive French heavy metal act is a staple on the metal festival tour lineups. Bringing a ton of fog to the main stage, they utilized the sunset time slot and with a nearly full venue tearing through “Toxic Garbage Island” and the set closer, “The Gift Of Guilt” with lead singer Joe Duplantier screaming his way through their brief 8 song performance.
The Baltimore-based rapper, born Barrington DeVaughn Hendricks was a one man show and wrecking ball during his side stage closing set. On numerous occasions he jumped the barricade and ignited a mosh pit, spewing his rhymes from the grass area with his rabid fans. The buzz on this assertive artist is strong, with his 2018 release Veteran found on many year-end lists and critical acclaim. His latest release All My Heroes Are Cornballs was released this past September.
The Scottish synth pop group took the challenge of being the wildcard act on the wide-ranging lineup to heart and put together an impressive set highlighted early by “Get Out”, “Bury It” while a heavy version of “Miracle” was a special treat. Lead singer Lauren Mayberry continues to evolve as a solid front woman with the set closing with many of their biggest hits, including “Leave A Trace”, “Clearest Blue” and “The Mother We Share”.
The headliners and namesake of the festival blew the doors off Petco Park with a 17 song set that allowed the band to include some deep tracks. Lead singer Chino Moreno continues to bring his aggressive attitude to the stage each and every show, taking his spot on an ego riser for much of the first part of the evening. A circular lighting rig beautifully illuminated the main stage as Moreno screamed his way through the opening songs “Rickets” and “Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away)”. The band played “Smile” for the first time ever live, a lost song from the unreleased 2008 album Eros.
Moreno grabbed his guitar and tore through the classic “Digital Bath” with help from thunderous drums courtesy of Abe Cunningham. After a passionate rendition of “Change (In The House Of Flies)”, Moreno jumped down into the pit for “Passenger”. “My Own Summer (Shove It)” was as powerful as ever and the night concluded just prior to the 10pm curfew with a stirring “7 Words”.
The band has confirmed that 2020 will bring a new studio album, until then only Australian and European festival dates are scheduled for next year. Rest assured with new material this prolifically touring band will be back to SoCal next year.