Deftones’ Chino Moreno Reveals How Close Band Were To Paris Attack, Speaks Of “Darker” New Album


Deftones frontman Chino Moreno is featured in a recent issue of Kerrang! and discussed just how close the band themselves came to being potential victims of the tragic massacre during the Eagles Of Death Metal‘s set at the Le Bataclan in Paris, France on November 13th. That band’s show was interrupted by armed terrorists who claimed the lives of 89 of those in attendance that night amid a series of terrorist attacks across the city. The band themselves were due to play a three-day run of shows at that venue the next night, November 14th. Moreno said of the night of the attack:

“We were due to be rehearsing in the venue the night before. And then the Eagles show was [booked,] so we decided not to. But obviously we were in town, and we were all invited. A couple us went, and you know… luckily they left prior to the event.”

“A couple of the crew guys went… and Stephen [Carpenter.] They left after a few songs. I think that’s the heavy thing: you escape a situation like that, and there are tons of emotions going on. When I speak to Stephen, I can hear it in his voice, how it must have felt to be so close to something like that.”

As for the rest of the band on that night, he offered:

“We were right in the middle of it. The streets alone were pretty tense. We stayed inside, and at that point we were taking it all in, as the whole world was. It was one of those things where you count your blessings…”

The band cancelled their run of overseas dates shortly after the attack:

“I think it was pretty universal that no one was in the mindset to play music. Obviously, music is important, but sometimes it is just music, too. We wanted to regroup. We wanted to go home.”

Moreno also spoke of the band’s forthcoming new album, which remains untitled and without an official release date thus far:

“The heavier stuff is a little faster, and the more quaint stuff is a little more lush. It’s extreme in both directions. It’s not happy-sounding. We’ve been enjoying our lives and it’s not coming from a place of anger, or depression, or anything like that. But there’s darker content on it. Where I think our last couple of records were a little bit more optimistic sounding, this record is a little more dreary in parts.”

The feature also speaks of the band’s future overseas touring plans, the impact their late bassist Chi Cheng has had on the material and more.

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