No matter how good an individual musician you may be, filling in for an absent band member is a difficult task. You’re trying to fit in with a group of guys that have been at it through many wars—and you’re just trying to do your part right, trying not to disrupt the band’s established chemistry.
Such a task is magnified tenfold when the band in question is Deftones, and the circumstances surrounding the substitution are far from pleasant, as fans of the band would know. Chi Cheng, the Deftones bass player, was involved in an accident in 2008 that would sadly take him away for good five years later.
(SUGGESTED READS: Our 2011 interview with Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham)
And replacing him was Sergio Vega, the former bassist of seminal post-hardcore band Quicksand.
During the 2011 Deftones concert here in Manila, Vega was able to prove himself in front of a hungry, raucous crowd, many of whom were seeing the band for the first time. The band tapped into their entire repertoire that night, and Vega played with tremendous heart and skill. From that point forward, Vega’s involvement had only gone deeper—with his contributions in the latest Deftones album, Koi No Yokan, helping it achieve strong, positive response from both critics and long-time fans.
(SUGGESTED READS: Read our reviews of Diamond Eyes and Koi No Yokan)
The upcoming Deftones concert on May 26, 2013 at the World Trade Center is not just a chance for wild fans to grab onto Chino Moreno's shirt again to headbang to Deftones' long list of unforgettable tunes, but also to showcase how much Vega has infused Koi No Yokan with his own talents.
(Also, it seems like he's gotten really comfortable with Chino and the rest of the boys, look how big his smile is in their video invite for Sunday's concert!)