I know it's not always advisable to make rash judgements so close to an event, but I am just going to say: I have never had a better time at a gig than last night at Brixton Academy. I've loved this band since I was 15, and finally got to see them 13 years later when they are still producing the best work of their career. I went with a friend who has a similarly long history of being a huge fan but never getting to see them live and we hollered and jumped and generally made nuisances of ourselves like I haven't done in years. They scattered the set list beautifully between big hitters and deep cuts, across almost all the albums (the lack of Saturday Night Wrist is forgivable, I guess), and they played an amazing version Change which may be my favourite song ever written.
That they can still be so vital after obviously having cranked out some of these songs thousands of times is amazing.
Three Trapped Tigers: very impressive. Kind of a perfect way to ease in to the night, I'd like to see more of them.
LetLive: sounded kind of played out when I heard a couple of tracks on YouTube yesterday but sheer conviction was enough to overcome a pretty derivative sound. Sometimes you don't need total inventiveness out of a support band, just something fun. They were that.
All in all, spectacular. Me and my friend have now decided to follow Deftones around every time they tour, like the singularly unconvincing daughter in Taken and her bullshit U2 tagalong.
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