Last Friday there was a Summer rock show at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater of such a great magnitude, that I had been waiting in anticipation for months to shoot it! The two headliners, Incubus and Deftones, are favorites of mine dating back to my sophomore year of high school when I first fell in love with both acts. This also marked the fourth time I had seen Incubus live and the 5th time I have seen the Deftones. This was the second time I’ve photographed Incubus and my first time photographing Deftones, not counting the time I caught Chino with Crosses at Pops. Needless to say shooting the Deftones was a big deal for me, in fact I would have to say they were a bucket-list act for me to photograph.
If I had to pick 5 bands that have shaped the way I listen to music today I would have to include Deftones on that list, and if you listen to their catalog or have caught them live I would hope you would understand where I was coming from by making that statement. Deftones have this unpolished, gritty, artistically bright, and powerful sound that just exudes out of them as soon as they hit the stage. The magic that Stephen’s guitar riffs, Abe’s aggressively driving drum beats, and Chino’s haunting bellow make is just a heavy music symphony to me. They have a sound that is their own and I’ve loved that about them from day one. Incubus are also no slouches, laying down their funk infused heavy rock with Brandon Boyd’s tremendous vocals are undeniably awesome as well. Having Death From Above 1979 open the show also proved to be a prefect primer for the audience, as the duet served up their uniquely rhythmic garage rock sound that has earned them an immense devout following in the indie rock scene.
For me this was one of the best shows to catch of the Summer, but I may be biased as Deftones is a staple for me and DFA has been in regular rotation on my iPod since their latest release came out. If you didn’t catch this tour at least check out DFA and take a trip down memory lane to revisit the amazing catalog Deftones and Incubus has to offer. Between those three bands you are talking about a collection of 16 different releases you could get lost in, so pick a record and get lost in the music!