and Where? The Hollywood Palladium, Thursday Night 8/10/00
This show sold out quickly, and a limited
number of additional tickets went on sale twice before the night of the
show. It’s amazing the audience the DEFTONES have amassed
in their short career. Non-stop touring in support of each successive
release does have its rewards. I had only been to the Palladium once
before in my lifetime, to see Iggy Pop w/Alice in Chains opening for him
about ten years ago. And for some reason, I just don’t remember the
place being as HUGE, or able to hold so many people. Before working
my way into the Palladium though, I did get the chance to exchange pleasantries,
small talk, and a handshake with GLASSJAW vocalist Daryl Palumbo.
It struck me kinda funny that somebody so young could be on the verge of
breaking through in the music business in the big way that I predict GLASSJAW
I’d heard GLASSJAW’s debut, Ross
Robinson produced, CD on Roadrunner Records and thought it was incredible,
especially for a band so young. Although I thought their sound was
complex, and heavy enough, I just didn’t get why they were on Roadrunner
Records. The label who’s roster boast all the “HEAVIEST” of heavy
bands in today’s musical arena. After being blown right off the spot
where I was standing in front of GLASSJAW, I must confess that now
I get it! GLASSJAW let everyone know who they were, what they’re
about, and what they’re capable of. I doubt anyone who was there
will soon forget them. GLASSJAW’s live show is much heavier
than anything they could capture in the studio. Not to worry, none of the
complexity of their studio work is sacrificed in the translation from the
studio to their live show. As a matter of fact, everything just gets
amplified on a larger scale. The intensity, the heaviness, and the
incredible energy the band puts out, is nothing short of awe-inspiring.
This band goes off, and the audience goes off with them. GLASSJAW
held the audiences attention for the full length of their set that included
every song off of the bands 12 song Roadrunner Records debut, “Everything
You Wanted To know About Silence”. Daryl
Palumbo is an intense performer, whose very real persona is based on his
very real inner turmoil. You can hear the pain in his voice and you
can feel what he’s feeling inside being channeled through that voice.
He and the rest of the band, Justin Beck and Todd N. Weinstock on guitars,
Manuel Carrero (x-Stillsuit) on bass, and newly recruited drummer Larry
Gorman (x-Orange9mm), accomplish everything they set out to do with their
live show. And that is to win over fans, and preach their pain to
their newly converted. Everything You Wanted To Know About Silence,
and Everything You Wanted To Know About GLASSJAW can be found at
GLASSJAW’s official site, www.siberiankiss.com.
It was interesting to see the crowd response
before the DEFTONES came on, when some joker from KROQ (L.A.
alternative rock station, who just recently discovered Metallica - ed)
hoaxed everybody and introduced “somebody we ain’t seen in a long time!
Ladies and Gentlemen, AXL ROSE!” to the Palladium crowd. At that
very moment the amount of booing and heckling overpowered the amount of
cheers and genuine heartfelt excitement for the Rock n’Roll recluse.
After about 10 seconds and the failure of Axl to manifest himself, the
frenetic assault of sound and light filled the Palladium, and from there
on out, there were about 3,500 DEFTONES fans in a synchronized,
and unified trance. From the first song of the set Chino was right
there in the middle of the masses. DEFTONES played an hour
and a half of material off of “Adrenaline”, “Around the Fur”, and their
latest, “White Pony”. The material off of “White Pony” crosses over
into the territory of something slick, and almost dare I say progressive
sounding. This is not the same DEFTONES I saw on Ozzfest two
years ago, touring in support of “Around the Fur”, that’s for damn sure!
That’s also not to say that the new material is bad, or weak by comparison.
It’s just a little different is all. The former Rap-Metal quartet
out of Sacramento, consisting of Chino Moreno on vocals, Stephen Carpenter
on guitar, Chi Cheng on bass and Abe Cunningham on drums, is now the Rap-Metal
quintet out of Sacramento with the addition of DJ Frank Delgado.
On an experimental level, all the DEFTONES previous work pales by
comparison. Delgado’s work on the turntables, and turning of the
knobs is geared to a more low-end sound that actually compliments the sound
more than it detracts from it. There’s no scratching involved.
It’s more of a repetitive “spinning” that’s an underlying drive to the
overall sound, running along with the bass and drums. No competition
for hi-end dynamics is involved. What the DEFTONES have achieved
in their desire to evolve as a band is experimentation without sacrifice.
And the power of their live show is still what the fans are gonna remember
when they go home! “White Pony”, “Around the Fur”, “Adrenaline”,
and official DEFTONES merchandise are available at www.deftones.com.
out the official site for The Deftones
out the official site for Glassjaw
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