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May 29, 2014

Deftones ready for Free Press Summer Festival in H-Town

HOUSTON — One of the biggest music festivals in the region takes place this weekend and signals the official start of the summer concert season.

The Free Press Summer Festival will take place Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1, in Buffalo Bayou’s Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston. The festival will feature 77 bands on six stages, including big name attractions such as Jack White of White Stripes fame, Vampire Weekend, Dwight Yoakum, Wu-Tang Clan and the Deftones, which will headline the Neptune Stage with a performance at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 31.

No individual day passes are available. Weekend general admission passes are $168.50 per person. The “Fancy Pants” package is $255.50 per person and the “Silk Pajamas” package is $699 per person. Visit www.fpsf.com for more information on these ticket offers and to purchase tickets.

The Deftones emerged on the national music scene with the release of its debut album, “Adrenaline,” in October 1995. The group has built a loyal fan base since that time through touring, passionate music and high-energy performances.

The group, which last performed with Avenged Sevenfold in Houston in October 2013 in support of its November 2012 release, “Koi No Yokan,” features Chino Moreno on vocals, Stephen Carpenter on guitar, Frank Delgado on keyboards and turn-table, Abe Cunnigham on drums and Sergio Vega on bass, is excited to be back in Houston as part of the gigantic Free Press Summer Festival lineup.

“We always have fun when we do big radio shows or festivals,” said Frank Delgado in a telephone interview. “It’s great, especially being able to hang with other bands and meet and see new bands you might not know. It really makes for a fun time.”

Although the band is out in support of a new release, Delgado said the group is excited about being on the road for the sake of playing music while still reminding fans about “Koi No Yokan.”

“It’s really a little bit of both,” Delgado replied when asked about supporting its previous record and touring for fun. “We are in the process of writing some new music, and this is a little period of downtime before we write our next record. It’s a lot easier to go out and tour a few weeks during a down period, and then get back in the studio and get to work.”

The Deftones have a sound which is hard to classify. It fits into many molds, which has allowed to band to take part in numerous high profile tours with many different bands such as Korn, Linkin Park, and, most recently, Avenged Sevenfold.

“I think our music is so widely accepted by fans of those different bands because we have never tried to follow any trends or be part of any one genre,” he explained. “We just write our own records and not follow what’s popular. We love playing live and that’s a big part of our appeal to a lot of fans of those bands too.”

Delgado said the Deftones are already in writing mode for the next record and pre-production is expected to begin in the not too distant future. In the mean time, the band is scheduled to travel to Europe this summer for several festival dates and then return to the U.S. for writing and recording.

Also, the band is on the verge of celebrating the 20th anniversary of its debut release, “Adrenaline.” However, Delgado said no plans have really been discussed to commemorate the event.

“People bring it up all the time, but it’s something we haven’t really talked about,” he added. “We’re just grateful to still be doing what we do for a living. We have fun and it shows.”

Visit www.deftones.com for more information on the band or visit www.fpsf.com for details on the lineup and schedule of the Free Press Summer Festival.

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