PICS: Dia de los Deftones at Petco Park

The inaugural Dia de los Deftones mini-festival kicked off at Petco Park with an impressive, eclectic lineup that promised something for everyone.

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Deftones announced the massive Nov. 3 shindig back in July and ever since then, we've been eagerly anticipating the show! (Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno pictured)
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The mini-fest went down at Petco Park's Park at the Park (is that enough 'park' for ya?). Just look at the incredible Dia de los Muertos makeup/headpiece seen on Catrina Christina! Amazing!
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In their original Dia de los Deftones press release, Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham said: “We want this event to be a celebration; with the incredible artists we’ve assembled, and the experiences we’re curating for the festival site, it’s going to be a wonderful day and night for all who join us." And it was!
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Deftones were, of course, the night's headliners and, as expected, put on an absolutely incredible live show. (Guitarist Stephen Carpenter pictured)
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The alt-metal group consists of vocalist Moreno, guitarist Carpenter, drummer Cunningham, and bassist Sergio Vegas (pictured) -- who joined the band in 2009 after the band's original bassist, Chi Cheng, was involved in a serious automobile accident that left him in a semi-comatose state. Cheng sadly passed away in 2013.
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Deftones have released eight albums since their inception. The band secured a recording contract with Maverick Records, and subsequently released their debut, the now-classic post-hardcore album, "Adrenaline," in 1995. (Moreno pictured)
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Their sophomore album "Around the Fur" was released in 1997, reached chart positions along with its singles, and became the band's first to receive certification from the RIAA.
Deftones found even further success with their third album "White Pony" (2000), which saw a transition away from their earlier sound into a more experimental direction. Its lead single "Change (In the House of Flies)" is the band's most commercially successful single, and the track "Elite" won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance; it was also the band's first of three albums to be certified platinum in the U.S. (Moreno pictured)
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The band released a self-titled album in 2003, followed by "Saturday Night Wrist" in 2006, "Diamond Eyes" in 2010, and "Koi No Yokan" in 2012. Their latest record, "Gore," was released in 2016.
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Last year, Moreno revealed that Deftones had begun writing material for a new album, which he hopes will be out sometime in 2019.
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At Dia de los Deftones, the band performed a 17-song setlist (according to, which included: "Root," "Teething," "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)," "Around the Fur," "My Own Summer (Shove It)," "Rosemary," "Swerve City"...
Followed by "You've Seen the Butcher," "Diamond Eyes," "Sextape," "Knife Party," "Change (in the House of Flies)," Rocket Skates," "Minerva," "Bored," "Engine No. 9" and "Headup."
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Fans packed in early to catch one of the fest's other big headliners, Mike Shinoda!
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Shinoda, of course, rose to fame as a co-founder of the band Linkin Park.
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Shinoda acted as rhythm guitarist, primary songwriter, keyboardist, producer, and co-vocalist for the group alongside Chester Bennington, who sadly passed away in 2017.
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On Jan. 25, 2018, Shinoda released the "Post Traumatic" EP, featuring three songs about his feelings during the aftermath of Bennington's death.
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According to, Shinoda's Nov. 3 setlist included the following songs: "Petrified," "When They Come for Me" (Linkin Park), "Make It Up as I Go," "Remember My Name"...
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Followed by "Crossing a Line," "Waiting for the End / Where'd You Go," "In the End" (Linkin Park), "About You," "Over Again / Papercut," and "Good Goodbye / Bleed It Out" (Linkin Park).
Doja Cat was also on-hand for the festivities! The artist is a rapper/singer-songwriter/producer who rose to national prominence earlier this year with the viral music video for her single "Mooo!" It currently has more than 25 million views on YouTube. Be sure to check out her debut studio album, "Amala," which was released earlier this year.
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For many of us in the audience, one of San Diego's most well-known bands was a large part of the Dia de los Deftones experience -- Rocket From the Crypt!
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The band was started by John Reis (pictured), who coincidentally, also founded the post-hardcore group Drive Like Jehu the very same year.
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Aside from Reis (aka Speedo), the band currently consists of guitarist Andy Stamets (aka ND), bassist Pete Reichert (aka Petey X), saxophonist Paul O'Beirne (aka Apollo 9) and trumpeter Jason Crane (aka JC 2000).
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The local hard-rock band formed in 1990, and garnered mainstream label attention with their 1992 album, "Circa: Now!" (Apollo 9 pictured)
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After releasing "Hot Charity" and "Scream, Dracula, Scream!" in 1995, and a self-titled record in 1998, the band signed to Vagrant Records in 2000 and released their final albums in 2001 ("Group Sounds") and 2002 ("Live From Camp X-Ray"). (Petey X pictured)
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In addition to RFTC and Drive Like Jehu, Reis (pictured), of course, has played (or still plays) in a number of other bands including the Night Marchers, Hot Snakes, Pitchfork, the Sultans, and Beehive & the Barracudas. Does the guy ever sleep?
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Many San Diego fans also saw the band rock the Observatory North Park last year for Live Wire Bar's 25th anniversary show in November, as well as at the 2017 Oysterfest with Thievery Corporation, Rebelution, Boombox and more. The more Rocket, the better!
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Also on deck: Ho99o9 -- the LA-by-way-of-New-Jersey horrorcore hip-hop group must be seen to be believed! They put on an insane show! The band is made up of vocalists theOGM and Eaddy (pictured foreground), along with drummer/producer Ian Longwell.
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Their style combines dark hip-hop with the aggression of hardcore punk. And it hasn't gone unnoticed: Ho99o9 was one of Rolling Stone's "10 New Artists You Need to Know" in 2014.
They've released two EPs, "Mutant Freax" and "Horrors of 1999," accompanied by grindhouse-style music videos; their first full-length album, "United States of Horror," was released on May 5, 2017. And just last month, the Prodigy released a single titled "Fight Fire with Fire," featuring Ho99o9. (theOGM pictured, foreground)
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Vein was one of the opening bands of Dia de los Deftones. They're a hardcore group that hails from Boston, Massachusetts.
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Their debut studio album "Errorzone," appeared on Revolver's early "Best Albums of 2018" list, and peaked at No. 21 on Billboard's Hard Rock album chart.
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One of our favorite buzz bands -- Vowws -- helped get the fest started. The electro-goth, post-punk duo (or as they call it: "death-pop") is comprised of Matt (pictured) and Rizz, who got their start in Sydney, Australia before relocating to NYC, and eventually, LA.
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They released their debut album "The Great Sun" in 2015 and followed it with this year's "Under the World." Check 'em out! (Rizz pictured)
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It's official -- the first Dia de los Deftones was a massive hit and we were stoked to be there! Can't wait to see what the band puts together next year! (Catrina Christina pictured)
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