Oct. 7, 2004

Deftones to Hit Chicago Before Hitting the Studio

By Randy J. Klodz

Before heading into the studio to record its fifth album, rock outfit Deftones decided that a short, 6-week, intimate theater tour across the nation was in the works. This special run with hit Chicago on Oct. 26 at House of Blues.

The Sacramento, Calif. natives Deftones--which includes Chino Moreno (vocals, guitar), Stef Carpenter (guitar), Chi Cheng (bass), Abe Cunningham (drums) and Frank Delgado (turntables/effects)--will hit the road hard.

Deftones hasn’t toured in almost a year, but the band plans to use this tour as a running start to get working on the new album, which the band tentatively plans to have released in the spring. “We had an extra month before we were going to go into the studio so a light bulb popped up and we said, ‘Let’s go out on tour,’ and we didn’t tour too much on the last record [2003’s “Deftones”], everybody was kind of fried, kind of burned,” said Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham.

“So we took this time off and it was just wonderful for all of us,” he said. “So, basically after the tour, we will ride the bus up to the studio door, have them kick us off the bus and then head right into the studio.”

But before hitting the studio--Cunningham said that the tour is to last just less than six weeks, with only eight off-days sprinkled into the mix--the band is prepared to unleash a varied set-list for every city on the tour, with the possibility of sneaking some new material into the mix. But don’t expect Deftones to play much new material as Cunningham hinted that there are tracks in the Deftones archive that the band doesn’t often play live, that could now find their way into set-lists. Cunningham hinted that it’s nearly the 10-year anniversary of Deftones’ debut album “Adrenaline.”

Deftones, more known for the well-received 2000 album “White Pony,” which is actually the band’s third album following the great albums: 1995’s “Adrenaline” and 1997’s “Around the Fur.” “White Pony” featured the hits “Change (In the House of Flies),” “Digital Bath” and “Back to School (Mini Maggit).” The hit single “Minerva” off the most recent, self-titled effort also received heavy airplay.

House of Blues is at 329 N. Dearborn St. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $30 each with a start-time of 7:30 p.m. Dredg is scheduled as support. For more information on Deftones log on to www.deftonesworldwide.com.
Deftones Photo: Michael Muller