It is hard to pin down exactly what kind of music the Deftones play, mostly because there's no other mainstream band with the same sound; and if there was, that band would be asking the Deftones what to call it. The Sacramento, California "alt-metal" band has been producing a unique brand of metal with atmospheric sounds for over seventeen years, and are still going strong with tour dates and their latest album, Diamond Eyes. For as long as the Deftones have been together, they've also been selling out concert dates year after year; a feat they're continuing to perform during their 2011 tour dates in promotion of Diamond Eyes. Fans can look forward to numerous concert dates at European music festivals this summer, as well as 2011 tour dates in the US with The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Founding members Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Chino Moreno (vocals), and Abe Cunningham (drums) all went to high school together in the Sacramento area. They searched for a bassist and eventually chose Chi Cheng and recorded a demo shortly after. The band released their debut album in October of 1995 to dismal sales and a general lack of interest. The Deftones embarked on a number of concert dates to generate interest in the album; it worked and the Deftones ending up selling over 220,000 copies of the record.
With the eventual success earned from Adrenaline, the Deftone's follow-up album was set to be a hit from the start. Around the Fur was released two years later in 1997 and propelled the band into popularity. Basking in the album's success, the Deftones embarked on a number of concert dates, including tour dates at Ozzfest and Warped Tour over the next two years. It was on White Pony that the band slowed down their sound and began experimenting with different musical styles and techniques. White Pony was officially released in 2000 and the album became a huge success, eventually going platinum.
The band decided to go with a harder style for their next self-titled album. Deftones was released in 2003, with fans and critics blown away by how much heavier the album was than White Pony. Tragedy struck while recording, Eros, when, in 2008, bassist Chi Cheng was horribly injured a car accident. Three years later, Cheng still has limited brain function and motor skills but is starting to show signs of progress. After the accident, the rest of the Deftones became increasingly frustrated with the recording of Eros, eventually indefinitely postponing the album after creative dissatisfactions.
With Sergio Vega (formerly of Quicksand) filling in for Cheng on bass, the Deftones released their latest album, Diamond Eyes, in May 2010. Diamond Eyes was named the iTunes 2010 Rock Album of the Year and has sent the Deftones on concert dates since the album's release, with even more tour dates in 2011. The Deftones is currently playing spring tour dates in 2011 with The Dillinger Escape Plan, with many concert dates already sold out. The US concert dates will end on June 15 before the band takes a quick touring break. The Deftones will performing 2011 tour dates at a number of European music festivals beginning in mid-August, including the Spirit of Burgas Festival, Warsaw's Rock in Summer Festival, the Reading and Leeds Festivals, and Rock En Seine Festival. With the Deftones back on their feet -- and Chi Cheng hopefully slowly but surely getting there -- it is the perfect time to check out the Deftone's 2011 tour dates.
Fans who are planning to attend their first Rise Against tour date in 2011 might be surprised to find how deeply the band's roots are planted in punk culture. Before the current incarnation of the band: Tim McIlrath was with punk band Baxter, bassist Joe Principe was originally with 88 Fingers Louie, and Dan Lumley of Screeching Weasel filled in on drums for a short while. Rise Against even signed with LA punk icon Fat Mike's record label Fat Wreck Chords in their early days, before they hit the mainstream with Siren Song of the Counter Culture. While the album broke into the Billboard 200, it marked a move from the traditional punk that had launched McIlrath and Principe's careers towards a more "melodic" hardcore sound. It is this signature sound that has already sold out several tour dates in 2011.
Rise Against used the popularity of their breakout album to embark on a rigorous concert schedule in 2005, including the Taste of Chaos tour, The Leeds Festival, and the Warped Tour. Even with such a hectic concert schedule the band was able to release The Sufferer & the Witness, which brought Rise Against back to their punk roots. By 2006 the success of the album had made the band headliner of Warped Tour concert dates that year, and they shared some of that fame by opening for My Chemical Romance at the onset of their concert schedule. It was also around this time that Chris Chasse left the band due to the innumerable tour dates, and was replaced by Zach Blair.
Immediately after the replacement, Rise Against once again went on tour dates until Appeal to Reason was released in 2008. The album received mixed reviews, with critics now claiming it was too mainstream and strayed from their punk roots once again. Fans of the album attributed the change to the ever-present pop influence in society, and that the songs themselves were strong and well-written.
Rise Against's new album, Endgame, is a blending of their melodic riffs and screeching guitars, which should please fans on both sides. While McIlrath claims the album is not a concept album, many of the songs deal with serious worldwide events such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. Rise Against has been promoting the album on a South American and European concert tour, but will return to the US with tour dates starting on April 5 before heading back to Europe. Many tour dates are already sold out, including the Long Beach show which will feature popular punk band Descendents; their first time playing in fourteen years. Rise Against will be joined by Bad Religion and Four Year Strong on the remainder of the tour, so fans are advised to buy tickets soon.