Deftones – American rock group
Deftones appeared in 1988 in Sacramento, California. Today, the original founders of the band are still in the lineup. They are the vocalist and guitarist Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen Carpenter, and drum player Abe Cunningham. In 1998, the artists invited a keyboardist Frank Delgado. In 2009, the bassist and back vocalist Sergio Vega joined the band. In the past 20 years, the lineup changed many times with numerous artists coming and going.
Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham, and Chino Moreno were friends since high school. Carpenter enjoyed heavy metal while Moreno liked punk rock. The teenagers spent a lot of time skateboarding. On weekends, the aspiring musicians got together in the garage and played the guitar. With time, Cunningham learned to play the drums.
Rumors have it that the group got the money for buying recording equipment when the 15-year-old Stephen Carpenter was hit by a car while skateboarding. After the accident, the driver paid him a hefty amount, which became the band’s initial capital. The boy suffered serious injuries and couldn’t walk for several months.