In 1988 three pupils of McClatchy High School convened in a Sacramento garage for their first jam session. Thirty years on, those same three friends - Chino Moreno, Abe Cunningham and Stephen Carpenter - are still playing together today, although the venues have got a little bigger.
Deftones, currently made up of Moreno, Cunningham, Carpenter and former Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega, have been at the forefront of alternative metal for more than twenty years. Known as one of the most experimental groups to emerge out of the scene they have been dubbed ‘the Radiohead of metal,’ by critics. And now, they’re coming to Southbank Centre, playing Royal Festival Hall as part of Robert Smith’s Meltdown.
‘It’s beautiful, it’s definitely a different type of venue for us as a rock band,’ said Moreno as we accompanied him during his first look around the concert space. Take a look at the video below as Moreno explains how the band will look to tailor their set to suit the venue without giving too much away.
Deftones play Southbank Centre on Wednesday 20 June. Though their performance has now sold out, there are a few tickets still remaining for a number of other gigs within Robert Smith’s Meltdown.