Deftones’ Chino Moreno Says He Would Tour With Korn, Praises Corrosion Of Conformity


Deftones, etc. vocalist/guitarist Chino Moreno recently took part in a ‘Music Ruined My Life’ segment for the BBC Radio 1Rock Show With Daniel P Carter‘. Throughout the segment—which can be heard below—he discusses the various records and bands that left an impact on him, from his sister being pivotal in his musical upbringing to his first ‘metal record’ and more.

During the chat he also said that his recent comments about allegedly not wanting to tour with Korn were “blown out of proportion” and were in reference more to the “Around The Fur” era. At the time the band were trying to break away from being lumped in with the nü metal movement—a decision which led to them turning down various Korn tours. When asked which band he would like to tour with in this new segment, he replied:

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“I’m gonna go ahead and say Korn—contrary to all the hate mail I woke up to yesterday. It’s funny too, cause this is like 1998 and they [Metal Hammer] are asking me about “Around The Fur“. [We] sort of made a conscious decision to try to break away from what we were trying to be shut into—not that we felt better than Korn and Limp Bizkit or any of the other bands. But we just wanted our own identity. One way of helping that was to do shows on our own and away from what we were being lumped into, so that’s all. It’s just funny how blown out of proportion people get. I would do shows with them, I would definitely do shows with them.”

He also spoke of the first ‘metal’ release he purchased, revealing it to be a Corrosion Of Conformity album.

“I don’t know if you could call it ‘metal’, but punk and metal, I guess whatever. It was all kind of a blur to me at the time. The first [metal] record I had—and I actually still have it—my actual first 12” full record that I ever bought on vinyl, is Corrosion Of Conformity‘s “Animosity“.

It’s still a great record, I mean it’s trashy. I kind of hate to say it, but it’s kind of punk, crossover, thrash, metally kind of whatever. It’s just like a hardcore record—and I skateboarded a lot—and it went along with my the lifestyle that I was into. That music kind of fueled just skating as fast as I could through the streets.

The other day I was just going through my records and I found it—I actually still have the vinyl and I love it. I tried to show it to my son—he’s big into punk, whatever—and he had no idea what it was and I was like ‘hey, you should check this out.’ Obviously Corrosion Of Conformity became more metal, even Southern rock, later on in their career. But their first record was super aggressive.”

He also was asked about the Deftones‘ process when it comes covering songs and if he had any tracks he would like to put his stamp on. Of that he offered:

“I did have an idea the other day. I was listening to Bel Biv Devoe, it’s a song called “When Will I See You Smile Again“—it’s sort of like an R&B ballad, it’s a really, really good song. And I was listening to it in the kitchen the other day when I was cooking and I was singing along to it. And my wife walked in and she loves the R&B music… She actually suggested, like ‘you need to cover that song” and I was like ‘Alright.’ So that was the most recent thing that I’ve thought of.”

He later went on to share praise for Dark Sky, whom he randomly discovered. Furthermore, he stated that he Deftones song he’s most proud of to be “Anniversary Of An Uninteresting Event“. You can hear him explain why below:

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