For American’s it was an extended holiday weekend and what better way to celebrate the night before the Fourth Of July than by going to a killer rock and metal show. Rise Against and Deftones were in town to get rowdy with the crowd at White River Amphitheater.
First up for the evening was Frank Iero And The Patience. The New Jersey based rock band was a great opener. With a classic rock sound the audience cheered and bobbed their heads along to the rhythm. The half hour set caught the attention of many concert goers that were pouring into the venue. With horns raised and a round of applause the band exited the stage.
Up next was Thrice from California. The post- hardcore act came out to a packed house. Opening up with their song “Hurricane” from their 2016 release “To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere”. The 40 minute set was filled with many fan favorites such as “Black Honey”, “Yellow Belly” and “The Long Defeat”. The band got the audience worked up as the first of many crowd surfers went up and over the barrier. The set came to a close with the song “The Earth Will Shake”. Thrice is a band that you will want to see every time they come through your city.
The third band of the evening were Alternative Metal Legends Deftones. The atmosphere before the band even came on seemed very energetic and the crowd was anxious and chomping at the bit to see them play. The lights went out and a loud cheers poured out of the audience. As the band ran out on stage and started playing their song “Headup” a mosh pit opened up and the crowd surfers start going up and over the security barrier one after another. Vocalist Chino Moreno excited the crowd by running up on top of the monitors and jumping off of it back onto the stage. During their hit song “My Own Summer (Shove It)” Chino hoped off of the stage and got up close and personal with the audience as he performed the entire song with the crowd. The hour long set showcased many hits spanning the bands career. Their performance came to an end with their song “Teething”. Deftones are a band you never want to miss live. The energy they put into their set is phenomenal. If you get a chance to see them live do not hesitate. You will not be disappointed.
The final slot of the night went to Rise Against. The Chicago based band came out to a rambunctious crowd that was ready to show the band what they had to offer. The hour and fifteen minute set started off with “Ready To Fall”. This quickly got a big mosh pit to open up as the band unleashed hit after hit. The rock band showed off some of their political views with many different visuals on the LED screens behind them. During their hit song “Give It All” vocalist Tim Mcllrath hopped off the stage and sang the song with the audience. When a crowd surfer came close to him he would give them the mic to sing with him. At the end of the song he gave the audience members up front a moment to catch their breath as he checked up on them to make sure they were okay from the craziness. Later on in the set the crowd erupted into a frenzy as the band played “Prayer Of The Refugee”. The set came to a close with their massive hit “Savior”. Rise Against puts on a very high energy show with a lot of audience participation. They are not a band you want to miss live. If you get a chance to see them at any point I suggest getting tickets. You will not regret it.