Nov. 13, 2003
Deftones To Deliver Chicago a Post-Thanksgiving Dessert
By Randy J. Klodz
The acclaimed heavy rock act Deftones will be making its first headlining
appearance in Chicago since the release of the band’s fourth studio effort,
“Deftones,” which hit stores on May 20. The band is prepared to rock the Aragon
Ballroom on Nov. 30, with Thrice and Thursday slotted to open.
The quintet, based in Sacramento, Calif., features Chino Moreno on vocals
and guitars, Stef Carpenter on guitars, Chi Cheng on bass, Abe Cunningham
on drums and Frank Delgado on samples and keys. Though the band has been making
music well before its 1995 debut album “Adrenaline,” many people, including
Chicago radio personnel introduced the song “Change (In the House of Flies)”
off of the acclaimed 2000 release “White Pony,” as “This new band named Deftones.”
But after three years, bassist Chi Cheng takes it in stride. “People
are starting to do their homework a little more. People are starting to go
a little like, ‘Uh, yeah, Deftones, that new band that’s been around for 15
years,” he said. “I guess if you’r [band is] introduced to people for the
first time then for them it’s new, but it’s a little bit like, ‘Hey man, come
Deftones made its way through Chicago on May 11, when the band played
to a sold-out Metro, which was part of the band’s Guerilla-style tour where
the band booked shows in small clubs while giving fans a short notice for
ticket sales, just before the May 20 release of the self-titled album. The
band also supported Metallica on this summer’s second edition of the famed
Summer Sanitarium Tour along with Mudvayne, Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit.
Though much has been printed about the way Chicago fans booed Limp Bizkit
off the stage after the band had reportedly played only one-quarter of the
scheduled set time, Cheng said Deftones still fared well with the audience.
“Chicago has always been good to us,” he said, “it’s always like ‘Ah yeah,
right-on, Chicago will be dope.’ You have to admit, Metallica is a legendary
band and their fans aren’t going to roll over and smile for anyone. You’ve
got to work for it.”
And Deftones have certainly worked for it. The band’s live shows are
tough to beat, and with Deftones’ song catalog being four albums deep, the
shows can only get better. Cheng said that the band plans to play a varied
set list for each city on the tour, and that fans should anticipate the band
to play a balanced set by selecting songs from every album.
“Deftones” features the smash hit “Minerva,” one of the songs that blew
up on rock radio this summer with the lyrics: “So God bless you all / For
the song you saved us oh / For the hearts you break, every time you moan.”
Other choice singles include the heavy “Hexagram” and “Bloody Cape,” of which
the band is reportedly scheduled to soon release a music video.
The Aragon Ballroom is at 1106 W. Lawrence Ave. Tickets for this all-ages
show are listed for $27.00 each. Showtime is listed for 7 p.m. with rock acts
Thrice and Thursday scheduled to warm the stage. For more information on Deftones,
log on to www.deftones.com.