Incubus and Deftones Rock a High School Reunion at Susquehanna Bank Center

The dual-headliners on Saturday night at the Susquehanna Bank Center were responsible for a lot of “my jams back in high school.” Due to the infrequency of the Deftones‘ touring and the overall nostalgia associated with this night, it was necessary on my part to attend. These feelings were shared by a majority of the area’s near-thirty year-old men with closets full of black T-shirts, as well as their hippie skirted female companions hoping to procure a vial of Brandon Boyd‘s sweat for future potion making. I never went to my high school reunion (which was held at a bar), but this night helped me relive a lot of my fondest high school memories to make up for that.

Death From Above 1979 (Photo: Andrew Wick)

Death From Above 1979 (Photo: Andrew Wick)

Death From Above 1979 ripped through a furious set, so dirty and raw that it was hard to tell where some songs began and where some ended amongst the thrashing feedback that the duo produced. Sebastien Grainger pumped the kick pedal and kicked out the vocals, while fellow Canadian, Jesse Keeler rocked bass all over the stage, dancing in the white strobes and slamming his guitar into his amp. They buzzed through hits “Trainwreck” and “Virgins” and, by the end of their set, you could tell the crowd was ready for some mosh pits and more beer.

Chino of the Deftones (Photo: Andrew Wick)

Chino of the Deftones (Photo: Andrew Wick)

The Deftones wasted no time running out on stage and ripping into “Be Quiet and Drive” followed by “Shove It” and “Diamond Eyes.” Chino Moreno‘s vocals ripped through the amphitheater as he did most of his set standing on the stage monitors wearing a Morrissey shirt, occasionally jumping off to run around and jump off more speakers. The crowd was spread out much like a jam-band festival, as everyone needed ample room to dance, mosh, and gratuitously make out when “their song” was played. For most people in the crowd, that song was “Change” which featured vintage film clips, doused in psychedelic lava projected behind the band, adding a splendid amount of creepiness for all that high-school-level necking. As the Deftones rounded out their setlist with “Engine No. 9” and jamming into the Cypress Hill staple “How I Could Just Kill A Man,” the crowd was treated to fireworks and friends of concertgoers were treated to SnapChats.

Brandon Boyd of Incubus (Photo: Andrew Wick)

Brandon Boyd of Incubus (Photo: Andrew Wick)

The crowd dispersed a bit after the Deftones killer set as everyone refreshed their beverages. Several of the older heads proclaimed their love for the Deftones and their distaste for Incubus, before crumbling to their picnic blankets and lighting up joints. As Mike Einziger rallied the troops with one of his slow-build guitar intros, everyone rose to their feet and joined Brandon Boyd for a rendition of “Nice to Know You.” While their set was a healthy eighteen songs, it felt short when the night was over. “Pardon Me” and “Megalomaniac” towards the end of the set provided the arena rock that the crowd needed for the late night, but then the set dipped into slow-tempo “Drive” and “A Crow Left of The Murder.” Incubus left without an encore, and some left the show a little underwhelmed. At this high school reunion, if Incubus was voted the “Best Dressed” or even “Cutest Couple,” the Deftones were clearly voted “Most Likely To Succeed”.

Incubus Performing (Photo: Andrew Wick)

Incubus Performing (Photo: Andrew Wick)

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