DEFTONES: ROCKIN' THE METAL IN PHILLY

Words by: Chris Pacifico :: Images by Christie Harrison

Deftones :: 12.02.06 :: Electric Factory :: Philadelphia, PA


Deftones :: 12.02 :: Philly
On a blistering cold night in the City of Brotherly Love, the Electric Factory was packed to the hilt to get a gander of Sacramento's favorite sons. I've always emphasized getting to a concert early to check out the opening bands because they need love, too. It turned out that my punctual arrival was ill conceived and I had to endure Deadsy, a band fronted by Elijah Blue Allman (the son of Gregg Allman and Cher), which sounded and dressed like they were formed in an underground lab beneath the headquarters of Hot Topic. Devon Allman obviously got the good genes in that family. Luckily they were the only warm up act.


Chino Moreno - Deftones
12.02 :: Philly
The Deftones have always been quite the marvelous collective. Hair bands like Motley Crue, Poison, Cinderella, Whitesnake, etc. served up metal's most embarrassing hour during the 80's. The 90's had the Nu Metal/Rap Metal onslaught with such atrocious acts like P.O.D., Sevendust, Mudvayne, Coal Chamber, Limp Bizkit, and Korn. Like all fads, the nail in its coffin has been largely hammered down. The Deftones toured alongside most of these bands, and while some were quick to lump them in the same basket, this quintet always remained an innovative force to be reckoned with. Adhering to a primal metal backbone, Deftones merged pummeling guitar riffs with breezy melodies and dreamy atmospherics for a style that hardly any other band has ever attempted.

High school aged kids with acne and braces packed the venue along with old fans who complained about the Deftones' most recent release, Saturday Night Wrist, and were hoping that the band would stick to their roots on the set list. They got their wish as the number of recent Deftones songs on the set list could be counted on one hand.


Stephen Carpenter - Deftones :: 12.02 :: Philly
Around 9:45 p.m., the band stepped on stage with front man Chino Moreno standing atop a ramp to belt out his always poetic lyrics, delivered in a mixture of ethereal tranquility and all out screaming. They took off with "Head Up" and many folks rushed the stage, pumping their fists in the air and tossing up their horns before the band segued into "Digital Bath," where Chi Cheng's impending bass lines were the most omnipresent aspect.

The oldies didn't stop as they broke out "Bored," "Around the Fur," "Inhabia," and "Dai the Flu." Bic lighters flickered along during "Change (In the House of Flies)," "Hole in the Earth," and "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)," the most popular anthem of the night. For me, hearing numbers like "One Week," "Minus Blindfold," and "7 Words" took me back to my teens when I first experienced the Deftones live show on the Warped Tour, back in the mid 90's when it still retained a sense of dignity. While the members may be into their late thirties, they still play like a band that is young, hungry, and always eager to put on a mesmerizing show.

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jahrome17 star Wed 1/10/2007 12:36PM
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what the &*%# are the deftones doing on jambase? what's next? linkin park?

whoknowswhy starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/10/2007 12:43PM
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Have you listened to thier newest album? Better yet have you ever seen them live?

Good article Jambase.

Joshtafari starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/10/2007 12:51PM
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Joshtafari

Yes this is JAM Base but it's also a place for MUSIC. Isn't that why we are all here? So if you don't like them don't read the artical. I for one think that the Deftones are a pritty good heavy group that still embrasses LIVE MUSIC style. Thanks for all the hard work and Info jambase keep it up what ever it is.
Peace, Love, Unity, Respect

beadiamondsomday starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/10/2007 01:17PM
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beadiamondsomday

MANY others like myself listened to this kind of music before getting into going to shows, umphreys mcgee gives a hardcore shout out every now and then and even covers fugazi, i loved the deftones and korn back in teh day, jahrome17 you suck and are a stupid hippy, petule sucks
not to be harsh, bring on a linkin park revue

jalew starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/10/2007 02:00PM
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jalew

PATCHOULI=SUCKS
DEFTONES=DOESN'T SUCK

thank you for the article.

All Loving Liberal White Guy Wed 1/10/2007 02:12PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

deftones yes, linkin park no.

jahrome17 star Wed 1/10/2007 02:55PM
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yes, for your information, i have listened to a bit of their last album, and some of their other stuff. They suck balls. No good songs, and nothing sticks out instrumentally.

And no, i'm not some hippie jamband freak. I listen to ALL types of music - literally. I honestly can't think of too many types of music that I don't listen to very often. I'm a fan of good music. Jam bands are just one of the genres of music I listen to.

So when I come to JAMbase, I expect to see stuff on jambands, or at least on good music (I've loved articles on the decemberists, beck, ray lamontagne, etc.). Deftones are crappy pop-metal. Period. And they suck.

jahrome17 Wed 1/10/2007 02:57PM
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oh, and I do listen to some metal as well...i particularly enjoy the Mars Volta and System of a Down

deftone984 Wed 1/10/2007 03:38PM
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deftone984

to all those out there that constantly put in your unwanted negativity just to read your own bullshit and gloat over your self proclaimed musical elitism, fuck off. i for one, only read the articles about bands that i care about, deftones definitely being one of them. i would say that 90% of the articles on this website, i could give two shits about. but you dont see me bashing the website and ignorantly condemning bands without sustantiation just to hear my own voice. deftones are a band with musical integrity and have pushed genre boundaries since their conception. you cant blame a bunch of phony wannabees on band that has unfortunately been unfairly categorized. if this was the case one could make an argument that the clash is in some way responsible for good charlotte. i recently saw the deftones show in myrtle and was pleasantly surprised with the set list and the band's continuing intensity and passion for their art. i really hope that jambase continues this trend of bringing non-jam scene talent to light. for those of you that cant handle a band that screams or plays with distorted guitars, dont get all bent out of shape, just dont read the fucking article. stop being so closed minded and get your knowitall heads out of your asses. im sorry for this rant and i dont want to come off sounding preachy, but i really am getting fed up certain people's need to comment on everything. this website is an incredible gift to any showgoer and should be appreciated, not consistently ripped apart for its few debatable shortcomings. enough said.

theorb419 Wed 1/10/2007 04:14PM
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theorb419

i would say that 90% of the articles on this website, i could give two shits about.

theorb419 Wed 1/10/2007 04:16PM
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theorb419

Why do you even come her at all?

deftone984 Wed 1/10/2007 06:07PM
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deftone984

90% was an exaggeration i was just trying to make a point.

jalew starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/10/2007 09:28PM
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jalew

in response to deftone984..i appreciate your honesty and completeley understand your frustration.
unlike you, i enjoy a majority of the bands on jambase and spend a lot of time experiencing and supporting these hippies. at the same time, i don't need an eight minute guitar solo to have a rewarding musical experience....although sometimes it helps.
sure, i grew up on phish tour. i think i was 16 y.o. when i was lucky enough to stumble into the crest theater '93. i never imagined four white boys making sounds like that. the reba solo...gamehendge...never looked back.
but i can also remember seeing the deftones at a local club a week or two earlier and every month or so after that for years. 7 words..the triple bills at the cattle club, the guild. these guys were fuckin' laying it down EVERY time. the energy and emotion expressed and experienced at some of those shows is unparalelled. the deftones were before their genre of look-alike, sound-alikes that have passed. although i don't follow them as much anymore, (not that that is even possible) i still enjoy their music tremendously.
i used to think i was the only one that liked the deftones+phish or yonder+tool or bill frissell+tortoise. over time i've had the chance to share music with others and been turned on to all kinds of unexpected goodness.
i believe that the majority of us on this site are open, positive minded people who are able to enjoy more than two/three bands at a time. i also believe that most of us ACTUAlLY APPRECIATE THIS SITE and have better things to do than 'type shit' at one-another all day.
i hope so because these hey-bro's are KILLING THE JAMBASE VIBE MAN! here's a post i had to make earlier this week...


"#3 (and most importantly)- I LOVE JAMBASE! THIS SITE HAS BEEN AN EXTREMELY USEFUL TOOL AND A PART OF MUSIC LOVIN' LIFE FOR YEARS. IT IS AND HAS BEEN THE BEST THING OUT HER FOR US FANS AS WELL AS ALL OF THESE BANDS, VENUES, etc..... Oh yeah......and it's **FREE**
I don't work/volunteer/know or have anything to do with jambase but I DO APPRECIATE IT and it seems to me that some of you (obviously not the majority of us) are misunderstanding the intention of this site and these forums. If you are truly commited to spending your time arguing with others on the computer about jambands, musicians, drugs, rumors or whatever then there has to be a better place to do it. These forums aren't that old. So either you were on other sites or maybe you found other, more possitive ways to spend time. Gardening? Yoga?
Either way, PLEASE stop killing jambase with this constant, relentless negativity. I don't read every article on here but I do read a lot of them and I can only think of one article/forum that I've read in the past six months that was not filled with a bunch of non-insightful, negative, egotistical ranting about 'my bands better than yours' and "f-u" and "yoko" and whatever else man.
Dudes, Please stop. Just please.
This is a cool thing we ( the jamband community+) have going on. These bands. This site. The shows. The music. Eachother! We are very fortunate to have these experiences and I really appreciate this all."



jalew starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/10/2007 09:36PM
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jalew

in response to deftone984..i appreciate your honesty and completeley understand your frustration.
unlike you, i enjoy a majority of the bands on jambase and spend a lot of time experiencing and supporting these hippies. at the same time, i don't need an eight minute guitar solo to have a rewarding musical experience....although sometimes it helps.
sure, i grew up on phish tour. i think i was 16 y.o. when i was lucky enough to stumble into the crest theater '93. i never imagined four white boys making sounds like that. the reba solo...gamehendge...never looked back.
but i can also remember seeing the deftones at a local club a week or two earlier and every month or so after that for years. 7 words..the triple bills at the cattle club, the guild. these guys were fuckin' laying it down EVERY time. the energy and emotion expressed and experienced at some of those shows is unparalelled. the deftones were before their genre of look-alike, sound-alikes that have passed. although i don't follow them as much anymore, (not that that is even possible) i still enjoy their music tremendously.
i used to think i was the only one that liked the deftones+phish or yonder+tool or bill frissell+tortoise. over time i've had the chance to share music with others and been turned on to all kinds of unexpected goodness.
i believe that the majority of us on this site are open, positive minded people who are able to enjoy more than two/three bands at a time. i also believe that most of us ACTUAlLY APPRECIATE THIS SITE and have better things to do than 'type shit' at one-another all day.
i hope so because these hey-bro's are KILLING THE JAMBASE VIBE MAN! here's a post i had to make earlier this week...


"#3 (and most importantly)- I LOVE JAMBASE! THIS SITE HAS BEEN AN EXTREMELY USEFUL TOOL AND A PART OF MUSIC LOVIN' LIFE FOR YEARS. IT IS AND HAS BEEN THE BEST THING OUT HER FOR US FANS AS WELL AS ALL OF THESE BANDS, VENUES, etc..... Oh yeah......and it's **FREE**
I don't work/volunteer/know or have anything to do with jambase but I DO APPRECIATE IT and it seems to me that some of you (obviously not the majority of us) are misunderstanding the intention of this site and these forums. If you are truly commited to spending your time arguing with others on the computer about jambands, musicians, drugs, rumors or whatever then there has to be a better place to do it. These forums aren't that old. So either you were on other sites or maybe you found other, more possitive ways to spend time. Gardening? Yoga?
Either way, PLEASE stop killing jambase with this constant, relentless negativity. I don't read every article on here but I do read a lot of them and I can only think of one article/forum that I've read in the past six months that was not filled with a bunch of non-insightful, negative, egotistical ranting about 'my bands better than yours' and "f-u" and "yoko" and whatever else man.
Dudes, Please stop. Just please.
This is a cool thing we ( the jamband community+) have going on. These bands. This site. The shows. The music. Eachother! We are very fortunate to have these experiences and I really appreciate this all."



pianote Thu 1/11/2007 07:15AM
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pianote

so i wonder what the response would be if they wrote about tea leaf green in (metals edge)magazine????
keep the jam in jambase!

PlanetVibes Thu 1/11/2007 08:43AM
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"Certainly, in the topsy-turvy world of heavy rock, having a good solid piece of wood in your hand is often useful." ~Ian Faith

standingtaller star Thu 1/11/2007 09:31AM
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standingtaller

Jambase, I know that it is the winter months and with the fests on break, many bands holed up keeping warm, you are left to search outside the "jam" world for a good story. With that said, the Deftones def do not belong on Jambase. It is a whole other thing. A decent band, which I enjoyed and saw in the late 1990s, they have not evolved toward or were ever doing improvised, rich, textured jammin'. They are catchy detuned guitars, keeping their dark guttoral sound to exact CD specifications in concert. Stick to what you know, Jambase.

mcmanust Thu 1/11/2007 09:45AM
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this is the only website where people battle it out about what something is and is not.

Conjugal Burning starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/11/2007 10:22AM
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Conjugal Burning

People who live for music (especially those brave enough to venture into different genres) truely appreciate the diverse articles. The Deftones rage in true aggresive fashion, but for each shit talker there is a melodic gem that just may suit your fancy. Thanks to jambase once again for the walk down nostalgia lane, and keep the articles coming!

nfenne starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/11/2007 11:45AM
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nfenne

Thanks Jambase for understanding your readers better than they understand themselves. You see, they understand that a large portion of their fanbase not only enjoys diverse music but grew up on heavy music. I snuck out of my house when I was in 10th grade to go to a deftones show in DC and it was one of the best shows I've ever been too.

In addition to understanding that people want to read this article they also understand that people will keep coming back to argue on the message boards. Yeah it gets annoying to know that after every one of these articles someone will say "This doesn't belong here..." but that the's FUN of it!

I will take issue with the writer lumping Korn in w/ POD and bands of their ilk. Korn was the savior of heavy music (at the time)and paved the way for bands like the Deftones when it came to mainstream musical tastes. They did cater to their younger fans later in their career but they started off with good music.

deftone984 Thu 1/11/2007 02:57PM
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deftone984

"i believe that the majority of us on this site are open, positive minded people who are able to enjoy more than two/three bands at a time. i also believe that most of us ACTUAlLY APPRECIATE THIS SITE"

jalew, i agree with you. its just too bad that the minority is so outspoken and nasty so much of the time. as a recent convert into the world of jam/electronic music, i am glad to be experiencing its incredible vibe and energy. some of these bands have truly changed my opinion of music's diverse potential for bringing people together to share a common experience. i just wish that this forum could become more of a discussion and less of name-calling/juvenile/im better than you session.

bavis83 starstar Thu 1/11/2007 04:44PM
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Dont ever compare the deftones to linkin park again! There last album sucked i am aware of that but, Deftones, Around the Fur, White Pony and Mierva are all excellent albums. I love festivals with alot of different kinds of music and even if your so caught up in only jam bands, other people like myself love giving other types of music a chance. I would love the deftones or tool to be a part of a festival i went to this summer!!!!!!

christophebaise Thu 1/11/2007 09:52PM
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christophebaise

I don't want to see the deftones on jambase but they did make some bad ass music. I used to be really into them and seen a few of their shows before 2000. Their music doesn't do much for me now but it used to get me really pumped back when i was in high school.

soulfeaster starstarstar Fri 1/12/2007 05:27AM
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LOL! Chris Pacifico, The Deftones are NOT a metal band. This is a common misconception among non-heads. They are associated with nu-metal because at one time, that was an accurate label for them. Nothing against the Deftones, but more accurate labels (nowadays) are alternative rock or screamo. If you want metal, listen to Aborted;)

z man starstar Fri 1/12/2007 06:35AM
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I thought their dvd with their acoustic stuff was pretty cool. Jambase or not to jambase that is the question.

Astronaut Jones starstarstarstar Fri 1/12/2007 07:10AM
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Astronaut Jones

Since when did "jam" take on the exclusive meaning of long guitar solos and infinite noodling of trancy diddies devoid of lyrics? Why can't the Deftones "jam"? When I go to a metal concert, I "jam". When I go to a hippie festie, I "jam". Jamming transcends geanres. This is jamBASE not jamBANDS for you negative nellys out there. Face it, whatever you're listening to, if it doesn't jam, it's your fault. All any band does is put themselves out there with what they do. The rest, well, that's up to you. Stop being such butt-holes all the time. Ever think that if you listened to bands like Deftones once in a while, you might appreciate and understand your favorite bands a little more? I doubt it.

theorb419 Fri 1/12/2007 04:55PM
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theorb419

In the picture at the top of the page, I think the security guy is shooting some kind of death-ray laser out of his eyes.

G$Love starstarstarstar Fri 1/12/2007 05:29PM
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G$Love

Great review Chris - but can you actually say that Korn was atrocious? I know their later albums were terrible, and the nu-metal scene that they seemed to be at the popular forefront of was atrocious, but Korn's first album is killer.

Stevie_t Fri 1/12/2007 05:55PM
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they really aren't much of a jamband sure, but they are a really good band, and they're alot better then the decemberists and shit like that. they also are nothing like linkin park. that person has obviously never really listened to the deftones.

rock on.

DaKracken Sat 1/13/2007 05:42AM
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Cheers to the open minded adults who can tolerate all forms of media without resorting to childish insults and elitist comments. As a frustrated guitarist and music freak of 30 years I have come to respect any musician or entertainer who has the ambition/nerve to pursue a career in the performing arts. Live music is da shitizzle for me and I have seen it all. Heavy music was my first love (nugent, sabbath, zep, ac/dc, etc..) but after learning about these artist root inspirations it allowed me to discover the genius of John Lee Hooker or Muddy Waters and so on so forth. Being a fan of music brought me to an appreciation of sound manipulation and producers like Brian Eno, Mutt Lange, Jack Endino and Bill Laswell. Being a fan of cool art/photo's on albums(remember those!) made me appreciate artists in general. The point being there is inspiration everywhere and it constantly changes which is why forums like Jambase are so important to me. I wanna find out about bands from music freaks like me who get it! I enjoy Ministry as much as I enjoy Lee "Scratch" Perry John Hammond or Widespread Panic-it's all good to me which is what baffles me about the negative bitching and moaning I constantly read on this site. Bitching about the Deftones is like getting pissed off that there is a Golf channel or espn or HGTV on your cable system, if you don't wanna watch that kind of programming then turn the channel, period. Is espn the only channel you ever watch-if so you are pathetic. The same thing can be said about music, if you only wanna listen or talk about Phish, SCI, Panic or Jerry then you just don't get it. The only reason great musicians can improvise is because the have honed their skill sets to the point where they can jam in a variety of keys and rhythms which only comes from being open the diversity of their respective instruments. If I am annoyed or bored with a bands music I chalk it up different strokes for different folks but at the end the day those artists deserve respect because they are creating something. It is insulting to say the least for somebody to dismiss another artists work just because it isn't the cup of green leaf tea so to speak. I love to hear somebody whail on a guitar but it should be within the context of the song otherwise it is like a talented vocalist like Christina Agulara or Mariah Carey over emoting and ruining the song in order to show off their chops. Rock on Chino, Rock on King Ad-Rock, Rock on Trey, rock on anybody and everybody

al Sat 1/13/2007 06:24PM
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Okay, I can understand everyone appreciating the diversity aspect of this article. But honestly if I wanted to read about some mainstream metal(ish) band, I'd open up some other magazine. The thing I like so much about Jambase is the fact that it is JAMbase, keyword being jam. Other then magazines like Relix there really aren't very many places to go for jam news, and when we start straying away from the jam, what will it be? And yes, I've heard my fair share of the Deftones, I can't say I've liked any of it.

kiah star Mon 1/15/2007 12:15PM
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I thought jam music was not constrained by the closed mindedness of genre borders and social cliques. Did not the quinessential "jamband" the Grateful Dead draw on many styles and influences to create this scene that we all love.
I went to high school and grew up in the same neighborhood and knew the Deftones and they were influenced by Primus, P-Funk, Sly and The Family Stone, Depeche Mode and a plethora of other bands. When I saw them at Summer Sanitarium they were improvising and changing arrangements and doing new things on the fly. Is that not jam? Dont forget that 15 years ago Les Claypool was not jam but just metal punk-funk. Who knows what the future holds. Isn't Tool the most recent band to get Treys panties wet? I enjoy seeing different bands on Jambase. And I'm sorry the reviwer can't look past a bands clothes or genealogy to hear their music. Deadsy are one of the most unique and exiting bands I have heard in years. Honeytribe did nothing for me if we are comparing though there is no point to as Elijah Blue plays down and even denies his Allman connection. The people that dont want any different or any slightly mainstream bands on jambase are probably the same people that look down and act snotty to me at "jam" shows because i have short hair and smell like soap.
"Take a day, and walk around. Watch the Nazis run your town(or scene) Then go home and check yourself, you think we're singing 'bout someone else. Because You're Plastic People, oh baby you're such a drag" - Frank Zappa

joeye starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/16/2007 01:53PM
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This article definitely does not belong on JamBase in my opinion. However, forums like JamBase and Relix have to reach out to other generas of music to survive.

Now that Phish and SCI have called it quits, the so-called "Jam" community is going to essentially end, and hopefully be reborn. There are no mega jam bands to replace either of them. So, now is the time for JamBase to evolve with the times.

So, in this sense, I say go for it JamBase! "Go See Live Music" is a great theme for what this forum is about. Look at what Relix went through. They used to be all about GD. After GD they had themes such as "Music for the Mind". Then, they had to evolve. Now their theme is "The Magazine for Music". Is that vague enough for you?

Also, by the way, I remember seeing the Deftones in LA in the mid 90's and they were definitely better than most bands in that genera at the time. I have no idea what they sound like now.

PeAcE

JimmyJam11 starstar Wed 1/17/2007 07:50AM
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Deftones rock, this article sucks...too opinionated Mudvayne and Korn were essential for music in their given space, I agree Limp Bizkit and such served no purpose at all...

Maybe jambase isn't the place for this article, but the deftones music is legit and should be embraced by the "open-mindedness" of this community

jam will live on forever, even if phish and cheese are done...to thinkt he entire scene would die is ridiculous

jellyphish starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/20/2007 11:54AM
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That is a SWEET death ray laser! I hope i dont run into that dude next time im at the factory

BUJ starstarstar Thu 1/25/2007 01:23PM
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BUJ

That setlist is badass!