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Five thoughts: Deftones at Brooklyn Bowl (October 27)

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Deftones, performing Tuesday night at Brooklyn Bowl.
Photo: Erik Kabik

1. Deftones fans are a devoted bunch, selling out a Tuesday night show in advance. Nearly half an hour before opener Plague Vendor takes the stage, the Brooklyn Bowl floor has even less wasted space than the headliners’ beloved albums do.

2. Pre-show buzz has spread that Deftones might use this tour to debut new material off the completed and forthcoming eighth record. Though no new songs wind up on the setlist, the band dusts off a few cuts rarely played on recent tours, including “Needles and Pins,” “RX Queen” and “Around the Fur,” during a 95-minute set.

3. The excitement proves too much for one patron, who does what can only be described as the world’s worst stage dive. He manages to rush past security before throwing himself in the empty area between the stage and the barrier.

4. “Around the Fur” feels like the night’s highlight, with frontman Chino Moreno flailing his entire upper body while shrieking out the final verse. But he tops himself during “Passenger.” Moreno goes, in his words, “dancin’ on a wire,” walking tightrope-style down the bar that stretches to the back of the venue.

5. Deftones have separated from mid-’90s alt-metal contemporaries by continuing to make music that connects with the fanbase. This performance in a long line of local stops isn’t heavy on nostalgia, as newer tracks like “Swerve City” and “Rocket Skates” beat out ubiquitous singles “My Own Summer” and “Change” for the loudest reaction.

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