The opening acts were The Bots and Death From Above 1979. I had heard great things about DFA and I am always down to check out new music. I mean, if they are on tour with Deftones and Incubus, they must be doing something right! What was surprising about both bands was that each one were made up of only two members. Yet, especially with DFA, it often sounded like I was hearing a full band. Which, I guess in all actuality, they are. The Bots had a brief yet interesting set followed by DFA who had some of the best lighting I've shot a live band in. Nothing like some Golden Hour action!
Death From Above 1979.
Jesse Keeler is a beast on that thing.
After getting into the groove with DFA, I played the waiting game. It had been a good minute since I had seen Deftones and even longer since I last saw Incubus so I was super stoked. We got the cue and were escorted down to the photo pit. The sound kicked in and it began. Deftones hit the stage with full force and were in great spirits. Smiles all around. BQAD brought some good vibes and that's when they really got down to business. It was a short time in the pit, but it was definitely a great time. I used to read Metal Edge as a wee lad and Circus as an adolescent, back when print magazines had a bit more weight, and would see so many amazing photos of Deftones, Incubus, Tool, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, and countless others. It was so dope to scroll through my card seeing images of these guys put it down.
Abe Cunningham. Hero status.
Steph wit the ill LV print.
Chino doing what he does best.
After catching a little bit more of Deftones' set, I went back to the photographers' area and took a minute to rest. COTA is setup to catch some amazing sunsets that push sunlight directly onto the stage. It's hard not to be captured by the beauty of a great sunset.
Sunsets over COTA.
Brandon Boyd belting out that dopeness.
From Roots Crew to Incubus, Ben Kenney.
A certain shade of green.
No slowing this guy down.
Jose keeping the rhythm.
Truly, a magnificent sight.