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Deftones’ Chino Moreno Explains Why They Turned Down Numerous Tours With Korn


Deftones frontman Chino Moreno and guitarist Stephen Carpenter both appear in a new piece in the latest issue of Metal Hammer which reflects on the coming 20th anniversary of their sophomore album “Around The Fur“. That album was originally released back on October 28th of 1997.

As part of the piece, both Steph and Chino express their thoughts on escaping the nü metal branding back in the day and answering a long running question. Just recently Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch explained how he feels that Deftones don’t want to tour with Korn. Carpenter first said of the nü metal genre and their mindset at the time.

“We didn’t really pay much attention to that. I remember when these subgenre names didn’t exist. It was just metal. So I don’t think we made a decision to step away from it—we’ve never paid attention to what anyone else was doing. We just did what we thought was right, and tried to make a killer album.”

Moreno however opened up further on the matter, offering:

“We did make a very conscious choice of who we were going to play shows with. It was hard to be this young band and having to turn down tours. I can’t remember how many times I turned down Korn! And they got pissed at us. Jonathan would say, ‘Why do you hate us?’ and I didn’t know what to say.

I’d tell him, ‘Dude, I don’t hate you. I love you guys, you’re my friends. But I don’t want to tour with you. I don’t want to be on the Family Values with you and Limp Bizkit.’ The name of the genre was nü metal, so anything that is new is one day going to be old. And I didn’t to be old with it.”

You can pick the issue with the full feature on the album here and via the App Store and Google Play.

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