Deftones explain their setlist choices

Chino Moreno
Chino Moreno (Image credit: Getty)

Deftones say they don’t feel pressured to play newer material in their shows before they feel ready.

Despite that they face criticism from across their fanbase depending on the material they choose to play, Moreno says the band find comfort in the slow rehearsal process.

Moreno tells No Brown M&Ms: “There’s this handful of fans that study every setlist in every city we play. They say, ‘Why dont you play this?’

“The bulk of the stuff we play is the stuff that we play well. We want to play a good show.

“Not that we couldn’t play other songs well, but the idea is that, as soon as we feel very confident, we can slowly start bringing them into the set and swapping songs out. But if we don’t play it live, it’s because it’s not well-rehearsed yet. Why force it in there if it’s not ready?”

He adds: “We do take our time with that kind of stuff. It might seem like we’re a little lazy in that way, but it’s comforting to know that we’re playing everything we want to play at this moment.

“We play collectively what most interested in right now. It’s not a black-and-white thing, it’s not like we’re not stoked on those songs – it’s about what we’re most stoked on right now.”

Deftones will resume touring at the end of the month to promote their latest album Gore.

Tour Dates

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Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 7:00PMWEDG Edgefest 2016Buffalo, United States
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 7:00PMSands Bethlehem Event CenterBethlehem, United States
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 7:00PMPier Six Concert PavilionBaltimore, United States
Friday, August 5, 2016 at 7:00PMConey Island AmphitheaterBrooklyn, United States
Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 7:00PMFestival Pier at Penn's LandingPhiladelphia, United States
Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 7:00PMMohegan Sun ArenaUncasville, United States
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 7:00PMBlue Hills Bank PavilionBoston, United States
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7:00PMStone Pony SummerstageAsbury Park, United States
Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7:00PMFreedom Hill AmphitheatreSterling Heights, United States
Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 7:00PMInternational CentreMississauga, Canada
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 7:00PMMythMaplewood, United States
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 7:00PMSeven Flags Event CenterClive, United States
Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 7:00PMBrady TheaterTulsa, United States
Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 7:00PMSaltair Resort Main PavilionMagna, United States
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 7:00PMWoodward Park - Summer ConcertsFresno, United States
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 7:00PMGreek TheatreLos Angeles, United States
Friday, August 26, 2016 at 7:00PMGreek TheatreBerkeley, United States
Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 7:00PMCuthbert AmphitheaterEugene, United States
Monday, August 29, 2016 at 7:00PMCal Coast Credit Union Open Air TheatreSan Diego, United States
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 7:00PMThe JointLas Vegas, United States
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7:00PMMesa AmphitheatreMesa, United States
Friday, September 2, 2016 at 7:00PMRiot Fest (Sept. 2-4)Denver, United States
Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:00PMRiot Fest (Sept 16-18)Chicago, United States
Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 7:00PMTexas MutinyGrand Prairie, United States
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 7:00PMHouston Open Air Festival (Sept. 24-25)Houston, United States
Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 7:00PMKnotfest Mexico (October 15-16)Mexico City, Mexico
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7:00PMKnotfest JapanChiba, Japan
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 7:00PMMetro CityPerth, Australia
Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:00PMThebarton TheatreAdelaide, Australia
Friday, November 11, 2016 at 7:00PMFestival HallMelbourne, Australia
Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 7:00PMHordern PavilionSydney, Australia
Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 7:00PMRiverstageBrisbane, Australia

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