Last night, November 2nd, Deftones headlined the second annual Dia de los Deftones festival, which the band hosts and curates, and they made it extra special for fans by playing the rarity "Smile" live for the first time ever. A studio version of the song was released online by Deftones frontman Chino Moreno in 2014 to mark the first anniversary of the death of the group's founding bassist Chi Cheng. "Smile" was originally intended to appear on the band's "lost" album Eros, which was shelved after Cheng was involved in a devastating car accident in November 2008 that left him semi-comatose until his 2013 passing. "This one's for my man, Cheng," Moreno can be heard in fan-shot video, before the band launched into the song.
In addition to "Smile," Deftones also performed another live rarity, "Romantic Dreams" off of 2012's Koi No Yokan, last night — the first time they've played it onstage since 2013. See the band's full set list from Dia de los Deftones, which went down at Petco Park in San Diego, below. Revolver favorites Gojira, Youth Code and Brutus also played the fest.
Deftones, Dia de los Deftones 2019 set list:
"Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)"
"Change (In the House of Flies)"
"My Own Summer (Shove It)"