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Deftones Debut 2 New Musicians in Live Lineup at Tour Kickoff

Deftones on Thursday (April 14) finally kicked off their twice-postponed North American tour alongside fellow metal act Gojira, revealing two new live Deftones players in the process. The tour initially was plotted for 2020 before being postponed to 2021 and again to this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month, longtime Deftones bassist Sergio Vega, also of the post-hardcore outfit Quicksand, shocked Deftones fans when he revealed he had parted ways with the Chino Moreno-led band in 2021. Vega suggested he was never made an official member of Deftones contractually, despite his extended tenure following founding bassist Chi Cheng‘s career-ending car crash in 2008 and subsequent death in 2013.

Down toward the bottom of this post, see Deftones’ setlist from Thursday, followed by some fan-captured footage from the show.

Taking Vega’s place in Deftones’ lineup at the Moda Center in Portland, Ore., was bassist Fred Sablan, a musician who performed in Marilyn Manson for several years in the early 2010s. Rumors emerged earlier this week that Sablan was on board.

But concertgoers experienced another surprise when an unidentified additional guitar player appeared onstage with Deftones for several songs on Thursday, per Blabbermouth. The musician bolstered the six-string presence of main Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter and occasional strumming from Moreno.

As the gig was Deftones’ first back since the release of their latest album, 2020’s Ohms, their set saw two live debuts from the effort. B-side “Lovers” also got its live debut. Additionally, fan-favorite Deftones songs “Beware” and “Prayers/Triangles” were performed live for the first time in several years.

Deftones Setlist (Portland, Ore. – April 14, 2022)

“Genesis” (Live debut)
“Rocket Skates”
“Prayers/Triangles” (First time since 2017)
“Royal”
“Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)”
“My Own Summer (Shove It)”
“Tempest”
“Swerve City”
“Digital Bath”
“Knife Prty”
“Beware” (First time since 2015)
“Sextape”
“Diamond Eyes”
“Rosemary”
“Bloody Cape”
“Ohms” (Live debut)
“Engine No. 9” (Encore)
“Lovers” (Encore, live debut)

Deftones, “Genesis” (Live in Portland, Ore.)

Deftones, “Lovers” (Live)

Deftones, “Engine No. 9” (Live)

Deftones + Gojira Spring 2022 North American Tour Dates

April 16 – Seattle, Wash. @ WAMU Theater
April 18 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Bill Graham Aud.
April 20 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Greek Theatre
April 22 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Cosmopolitan
April 23 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ariz. Federal Theater
April 25 – Denver, Colo. @ Ball Arena
April 28 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amp.
April 30 – Houston, Texas @ White Oak Music Hall
May 2 – Irving, Texas @ Toyota Music Factory
May 3 – San Antonio, Texas @ AT&T Center
May 6 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Cadence Bank Amp.
May 7 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Municipal Auditorium
May 8 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Icon Music Center
May 10 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ TCU Amphitheater
May 11 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Peterson Events Center
May 13 – Boston, Mass. @ Agganis Arena
May 14 – Asbury Park, N.J. @ Stone Pony
May 15 – New York, N.Y. @ Pier 17
May 17 – Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem
May 18 – Philadelphia. Pa. @ The Met
May 19 – Uncasville, Ct. @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 21 – Quebec City, Quebec @ Place Bell
May 22 – Toronto, Ontario @ RBC Echo Beach
May 24 – Detroit, Mich. @ Michigan Lottery Amp.
May 26 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Rave
May 27 – Chicago, Ill. @ Huntington Bank Pavilion
May 28 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ The Armory

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