I've had a busy past week, travelling to Amsterdam to see The Deftones and AFI at own small venue shows before their Reading and Leeds festival appearances. I didn't manage to get any live shots of The Deftones at The Paradiso, as I was late arriving from having dinner with my cousin who lives in Amsterdam, but I got a photo pass for the AFI show at The Melkweg.
It had been two years since I'd seen AFI live and at least four years since I'd seen The Deftones live and without bass player Chi Cheng who is still in hospital receiving treatment following a serious car accident in November 2008 which left him in a coma. Chi is now out of intensive care and according to the band, his condition has improved. Despite the worries, the band were on top form in Amsterdam with replacement bassist Sergio Vega. I managed to chat to the band outside the venue after the show and they were all in good spirits and look forward to playing Reading and Leeds.
All the shots I got of AFI will (hopefully) be featured on the official AFI fan club site Despair Faction and you must be a member of the Despair Faction to log onto the site, but I have uploaded a few photos on here and in my MySpace galleries.
Deftones lead vocalist Chino Moreno after the show at the Paradiso in Amsterdam on August 25th and pictured below, drummer Abe Cunningham.