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Formed: 1989
From: Sacramento, CA, United States
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Judas Priest And Machine Head Win Kerrang! Awards

According to BBC News, Welsh rock act LOSTPROPHETS has been named "Best British Band" at the Kerrang! awards for the second year in a row.

Four-times nominees ENTER SHIKARI won "Best Live Act", with MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE securing Best International Band — also from four nominations.

San Francisco metal group MACHINE HEAD scooped "Best Album" for "The Blackening", while 30 SECONDS TO MARS won "Best Single" for "The Kill".

Birmingham heavy metal veterans JUDAS PRIEST won the "Hall Of Fame" honor.

Industrial rock group NINE INCH NAILS was presented with an icon award by Hollywood actress and rock singer Juliette Lewis in recognition of their long-standing career.

Experimental heavy rock band the DEFTONES was also honored with the classic "Songwriter Award" for "creating memorable and timeless songs".

MACHINE HEAD and ENTER SHIKARI won an additional two gongs — "Hard Rock Hero" and "Spirit of Independence" respectively.

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Read New Deftones Interview

~ The Deftones sit backstage awaiting their set time as a part of the Family Values tour, the band is all in good spirits. “Our drummer creates so many problems,” jokes Deftones bassist Chi Chang erupting into laughter as drummer Abe Cunningham sits down at the table carrying a plate full of food. While the comment is nothing more than a joke to provoke a reaction out of Cunningham, much like an older brother teases his sibling; it’s been no secret that the Deftones had some well publicized internal problems over the past few years. The band has battled creatively over the musical direction of the band, while frontman Chino Moreno left during the recording of the group’s new record to tour with his side-project and the group has struggled to survive in a music scene now dominated by pop-punk and screamo bands. Despite any internal issues, the group’s latest album have persevered to released one of the best album’s of 2007 in Saturday Night Wrist. Utilizing the same ambient soundscapes that characterized White Pony and fusing it with the blindsiding aggression that made Around The Fur an instant classic, the Deftones have managed to create an album that blends both the beauty and beast aspects of their sound. PureGrainAudio.com caught up with the band to discuss their latest musical masterpiece.
Give us a little insight into this record, where it was recorded and what the vibe was like in the studio…
Frank: We started writing in Southern California and then we went to Connecticut with producer Bob Ezrin and stayed down there for a couple months recording in his home studio. After that we went back to Sacramento to finish up, as we had taken much longer than expected. Working with Bob was what we expected and I think we were looking for someone outside of our comfort zone, as we had worked with Terry Date for so long. I think we knew going into this that we wanted something different and he made us try things that we might not have otherwise attempted without his influence.

Chi: He can also play almost any instrument better than we can. He’s an accomplished musician in his own right.

Why did you decide to move from Connecticut back to Sacramento?
Frank: It was just time, because we were only getting so much done there. We were all really comfortable at our home studio and it was Winter time there and we were just burnt out so we decided it was time to move back home.

Where did the title “Saturday Night Wrist” originate from?
Chi: Chino came up with the title from some broad he was hanging out with got it after a night of drinking. We thought it was cool and it just kinda stuck and nothing better came along.

Frank: That was the title we had for a long time and that was the title we had when we were recording the songs in the studio. It just worked for it when we put it all together.

It’s been very well publicized that you had some internal problems during the recording of this record, how did you manage to come together and make this a Deftones record?
Frank: I don’t know what to say really. I think all bands have internal problems, but it depends on how far you want to take them.

Chi: I think it’s just a matter of everyone being really passionate about the music, so we’re all really objective about it and sometimes people are pulling in different directions.

So how did Chino recording and touring with Team Sleep effect the writing and recording of this record?
Chi: Stopped it dead in it’s tracks. [laughs]

Frank: It made it longer, but he needed that time away to get his heart back into it and when he came back he had a new fire. We had originally planned on having the record done before he left to tour with Team Sleep, but we didn’t. I think he just had to step away from it after working on this for so long.

Sonically this album sounds like the missing link between Around The Fur and White Pony, where do you see this album fitting into the Deftones catalogue?
Frank: This is just where our headspace was at the time. People always want to compare a new record to your old records and if you were to compare it to any of our old material it’s probably closer to White Pony. I think it has a little bit of everything we do best and I think it accomplishes what we were trying to do in terms of bring together all of our influences into creating new songs. This is just where we’re at and we’re just trying to make a great record. I think we spent more time songwriting and arranging things this time and I’m just really proud of it. I think it’s our best work to date.

Chi: I think every time you make a record you just try and outdo yourself. You try and record better bass lines or whatever. You’re always trying to outdo yourself and be a little more creative than last time.

Frank: You’re just trying to make a good record and not repeat yourself, which leads to this being a time consuming process. We’re trying to make our ideas work and that’s not an easy thing.

What is up with the track “Pink Cell Phone” and where did the idea come about to do such an odd spoken word piece?
Frank: That was just one of those tracks that Chino had been working on his laptop with and then he brought in Ann Harding and she kind of free styled in the booth over top of it.

What are your favourite tracks on the record right now?
Frank: That’s hard.... Right now I really like playing “Hole in the Earth” and “Beware.” It’s hard to pick a favourite, especially so early on in the game.

Chi: Those two songs came together in our home studio, so they came together real quick like natural Deftones songs. Some songs take like a million years and then others just click and that’s what happened with those two songs in particular; we just clicked.

You guys just came off the Taste of Chaos Tour, what was that like being the elder band on the bill?
Chi: We’re Old! [laughs] It was a lot of fun and I think we found our rhythm about the middle of the tour. We’re all really thrilled to be back playing because we’re predominantly a live band.

Frank: It was good though because we had been off the road for like 3 years and it was a good time.

Chi: We’re all really thrilled to be back playing because we’re predominantly a live band.

Now you’re on Family Values with Korn, which is the first tour done between both bands since their inception. Why do you think it took so long for Korn and Deftones to team up and tour together?
Chi: We played with them a lot back in the beginning of our career and they did their own thing and we just wanted to carve our own niche and have our identity, so we separated ourselves from anyone or anything remotely like that style. Now we’ve accomplished that, we just came back together again and it’s like old times.

What were some of those influential albums that you listened to coming up?
Frank: Depends on what age you're talking and what phase of life we were in at that point. When I was young I would listen to Van Halen and Kiss. Then as I got older I got into rap music. I was all over the map really.

Chi: Iron Maiden in high school, you couldn’t have turned me away from Maiden. Then I got into more punk and jazz and reggae after that.

When you look back at the history of music and Deftones place in it, where do you think you fit in?
Chi: Hopefully we made a mark. We’re pretty indulgent as a band, but I think as long as we can go to bed 20 years from now and feel good about what we did as a band then that’s really all that’s important to us, as well as our fans. Anything outside of that is sort of portentous and we don’t really think about it. We want to be known as the great rock band of all time, does that answer your question? [laughs] We don’t care; we write music because we love playing it and if it’s good for us then we know our fans will appreciate it.

I had the chance to go to the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame a few years back and had the chance to see items like Jerry Cantrell’s boots from Alice in Chains. What item would you choose to represent the Deftones if you were ever inducted?
Frank: I don’t know. I think if you asked Alice In Chains they probably wouldn’t have expected their boots to be in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, those things just happens. When something like happens it’s definitely an awesome thing though, but you don’t expect it or think about it.

Chi: Fuck it'd be amazing to be in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, but it’s not something I’ve ever thought about. As a matter of fact I’ve never even thought about it until just now. Now I’m going to be obsessing about it. [laughs] [END]

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Go Live And Behind The Scenes With The Deftones

The Deftones have been continuing to post both live and behind the scenes footage from their ongoing tour online, you can check that all out here.

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Deftones Adding Canadian Tour Dates, One US Date

The Canadian Leg of Deftones' world tour continues to take shape with the following added dates shown below. From First to Last and Canada's own Die Mannequin will be supporting these two shows.

July 18- Saskatoon, SK - Prairieland Park
July 20- Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theatre

Also, the following date has just been added to Deftones' U.S. summer tour:

7/3/07 - Stockton, CA - Stockton Civic Auditorium

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The Deftones Announce Small Tour Of Canada

The Deftones have lined up a new Canadian run with From First To Last and Die Mannequin as support, here's how it runs:
July 09th Victoria, BC - Curling Club
July 11th Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
July 12th Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
July 14th Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Center
July 15th Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
July 19th Regina, SK - Doris Knight Hall
July 28th Toronto, ON - Wakestock Festival

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Deftones Writing New Album, Team Sleep Revived

Billboard.com reports: The Deftones are still rocking their latest album, "Saturday Night Wrist," around the United States. But they've already started work on its successor, too. Frontman Chino Moreno tells Billboard.com that the Sacramento, Calif.-based quintet has set up a backstage writing room where they're creating new material.

"We're going in there and playing as five of us in the room with just our instruments, no other distractions," he explains. "That's how we started out, basically, when we first started the band -- us in the garage, no ProTools or anything to get us ahead of ourselves. We'd just play things over and over again, until we remembered it -- that's the rawest way you can do it, and the best, I think."

That process, Moreno says, is a reaction to the lengthy gestation of "Saturday Night Wrist," which went through several producers and sessions and was, he acknowledges, "a hard album to make, definitely pieced-together, real jigsaw puzzle-ish. It just wasn't fun, really, and I really don't want to have another experience like that."

Moreno says that with just a couple of songs in motion, it's too early to predict what the new album will sound like -- or when it will be recorded and released. But he feels good that "we're kind of ahead of ourselves a little bit instead of getting off tour and then going in to write a record and feeling a lot of pressure and under the gun. It feels like we're already moving."

Moreno is also moving on a second album by his other band, Team Sleep, which he says is nearly finished and should be out in early 2008. Moreno and company have been working on the follow-up to their self-titled 2005 album for the past year, and he describes it as "pretty sick" and "more electronically based with a lot of good guitar stuff and piano stuff mixed in. It's still kind of dreamy, not real aggressive, but it sounds neat."

Moreno says that unlike Deftones, Team Sleep thrives on a more piecemeal kind of recording process. "Everybody has their piece, and we come in and build this huge robot," he explains. "It sounds like that to me -- robotic, old German kind of electronic music. I wouldn't say lo-fi, but it's not real over-produced. It's just a fun project to do."

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Deftones Release Four More Summer Tour Dates

The following four tour dates have been added to the Deftones 2007 U.S. Summer tour:

6/27/07 San Diego, CA - Viejas
6/29/07 Fresno, CA - Rainbow Ballroom
6/30/07 Santa Cruz, CA - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
7/5/07 Reno, NV - The Theater - Grand Sierra Resort

The Deftones are touring in support of their latest release "Saturday Night Wrist."

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Deftones Double Up On Some Tour Stops

Just a week after announcing their upcoming US tour, the Deftones have expanded the itinerary, adding two-nighters in Dallas, San Antonio, Cleveland and Washington, DC, as well as shows in Houston, Nashville, Detroit, the Los Angeles area and St. Louis, MO.

The alt-metal rockers, who are currently in the midst of an extensive European jaunt, will begin their US run May 11 in Mesa, AZ. Other double-shots on the schedule include Albuquerque, New Orleans, and Salt Lake City. Dates, which so far take the band through June, are listed below.

Japanese hard-rockers Dir En Grey and Seattle trio The Fall of Troy, which has a new album due May 1, will open the shows.

The Deftones are touring behind their fifth studio album, "Saturday Night Wrist," which was released last October. The second single from the set, "Mein," is streaming at the group's MySpace page.

Here are the latest Deftones tour dates with Dir En Grey and The Fall of Troy in support: More...

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Deftones Schedule US Tour Dates

Deftones will headline a nationwide US tour this summer after wrapping their international outing.

The Grammy-winning band will kick off domestic dates May 11 in Mesa, AZ, and so far have gigs booked through June, including two-nighters in Albuquerque, New Orleans and Salt Lake City. More shows will be announced soon, according to the group's website. Japanese hard-rockers Dir En Grey and Seattle trio The Fall of Troy, which has a new album due May 1, will open the shows.

Having already made their way through Mexico, South America, Japan and Australia this year, the Deftones are currently playing several countries in Europe. They had to postpone three UK performances this week because frontman Chino Moreno was suffering from an ear-and-throat infection, according to the group's website. Those dates have already been rescheduled for late April.

Last October, the Deftones issued their fifth studio album, "Saturday Night Wrist," which was produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction) and former Far guitarist Shaun Lopez. The second single from the record, "Mein," is streaming at the band's MySpace page.

Here are the Deftones US tour dates with Dir En Grey and The Fall of Troy: More...

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Perth, Australia's Soundwave Festival Report

The SoundWave Festival rolled across Australia this southern hemisphere summer with dates in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth. While billed as an "all day rock and mayhem experience", headliners Deftones and +44 (a band made up of former members of Blink 182) meant the festival was always going to attract a diverse audience. The inclusion of Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, The Bronx and Terror in the lineup ensured a healthy metal contingent was in attendance.

The official web site stated that the capacity of each venue was around 10,000. If this was the case, the Claremont Showgrounds, where the Perth show was held, was not filled to capacity. This meant that the crowd around each of the three stages (one indoor, two outdoor) was quite small - more so considering the licensed areas were fenced off some distance from each stage. The thin crowds meant members of some of the bands playing early sets could be seen wandering around throughout the day, chatting to fans and checking out the other performances. More...

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Man Convicted Of Murder After Korn Concert Death

Michael Scott Axley has been convicted of felony murder and aggravated assault charges after he punched and killed Andy Richardson at the Family Values Tour stop in Atlanta, GA last year.

The victim, 30-year-old Andy Richardson of Atlanta, was attending a concert by KORN at the HiFi Buys Ampitheater. Atlanta police homicide Detective Brett Zimbrick testified at the hearing that Richardson was knocked to the ground by a punch from Axley, fatally hit his head on the concrete floor at the former Lakewood Ampitheater and was punched twice more as he lay unconscious.

UPDATE: As pointed out by moko in the comments (and confirmed by other sources), Axley was indicted on the charges of felony murder and aggravated assault, not convicted.

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Will Haven Complete Production On Track w/ Chino

WILL HAVEN recently finished up tracking a series of new songs with Chino Moreno of Deftones and Shaun Lopez of Far, Revolution Smile fame handling the production. An update on the new tracks, as well as more can be found on their MySpace blog.

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"Family Values Tour 2006" Album Listening Party

AOL Music is hosting an online listening party for the new compilation album 'Family Values Tour 2006', released Tuesday (December 26). The disc features music from Korn, Deftones, 10 Years, Flyleaf, Stone Sour, Deadsy, and more. You can listen to the album in full here.

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Will Haven To Support Deftones On Euro Tour

Will Haven will make a return to touring begining in March when they invade Europe in support of good friends Deftones.

In other news, WILL HAVEN have recently been in pre-production for their new, currently untitled album with Deftones frontman Chino Moreno. WILL HAVEN are currently scheduled to begin recording the new effort at Bieler Bros. Studios in Pompano Beach, FL in February with an eye on a spring/early summer.

Here are the currently announced Deftones and Will Have European tour dates: More...

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Chino and Will Haven In Pre-Production

Deftones singer Chino Moreno is in pre-production in Los Angeles with hardcore-metal band Will Haven. In February, the group will begin recording at Bieler Bros. Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida. The yet-untitled disc is due in late spring or early summer.

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Mnemic To Open for Deftones On 2007 UK Tour

Mnemic are to open for Deftones on their 2007 UK tour. The tour dates are as follows:

March 8 - Liverpool University
March 9 - Leeds University
March 11 - Manchester Academy
March 12 - Glasgow Academy
March 13 - Newcastle Academy
March 14 - Nottingham Rock City
March 15 - Birmingham Academy
March 16 - Norwich UEA
March 18 - Bristol Academy
March 19 - Portsmouth Guildhall
March 20 - London Brixton Academy

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Family Values Tour 2006 CD/DVD E-Card Online

An e-card for 'The Family Values Tour 2006' CD/DVD is now available online. The album and DVD will be sold separately and will hit stores on December 26th.

The Family Values 2006 CD and DVDs feature main stage bands Korn, Deftones, Flyleaf, Stone Sour, Dir En Grey, Deadsy, and 10 Years.

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Deftones On Conan O'Brien, More Tour Dates

Deftones will be the musical guest tomorrow night (December 5th) on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. This marks the band’s first live Television performance in more than 3 years. Check your local listings for air times.

In touring news, a few more international dates have been announced:

2/6/07 – Bogota, Columbia - Palacio des Deportes
2/8/07 – Caracas, Venezuela - Poliedro
2/10/07 - Sao Paolo, Brazil - Via Funchal
2/17/07 – Osaka, Japan – Quattro
2/18/07 – Tokyo, Japan – Zepp
2/19/07 - Nagoya , Japan – Quattro
2/24/07 – Brisban, Australia - Soundwave Festival
2/25/07 – Sydney, Australia - Soundwave Festival
3/3/07 - Perth, Australia - Soundwave Festival

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Glassjaw Return, To Tour With Deftones

The rumors are true - Glassjaw is back and will be touring with Deftones in December. The confirmed tour dates are as follows:

December 14th in Nashville, TN
December 16th in Ft. Worth, TX
December 17th in Tulsa, OK
December 18th in Kansas City, MO
December 19th in Minneapolis, MN
December 31st in New Haven, CT

Venues will be announced shortly.

Glassjaw has been on a break since late 2004 as frontman Daryl Palumbo has been dealing with his ongoing Crohn's Disease problems, touring only on occasion.

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Metal In The Charts For The Week of Nov. 15

The Foo Fighter's new live acoustic album, 'Skin and Bones', debuted at No. 21 on The Billboard Top 200 this week with 49,000 copies sold. Hinder fell from No. 11 to 12 and Evanescence fell from No. 12 to 15. The Deftones, who debuted at No. 10 last week, dropped to No. 46 with 23,000 copies of their latest, 'Saturday Night Wrist', sold.

Ill Nino, Nonpoint and 36 Crazyfists failed to make the chart with each band moving less than 4,000 copies of their new releases.

Sales are up 12% from last week and up less than 1% compared to the same week last year. Overall sales for 2006 are down 5% compared to 2005 with 456.2 million units.

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