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Deftones is an American rock band from Sacramento, California, formed in 1988 consisting of Chino Moreno (lead vocals and guitar), Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Chi Cheng (bass), Frank Delgado (keyboards and turntables), and Abe Cunningham (drums and percussion). They have released six albums to date, with two Platinum (Adrenaline, White Pony) and two Gold certifications (Around the Fur, Deftones), with their most recent Diamond Eyes in spring of 2010.



Early years (1989–1993)

When Carpenter was 15 years old he was hit by a car while skateboarding. This left him confined to a wheelchair for several months. It was at this point that he began teaching himself guitar by playing along to bands such as Anthrax, Stormtroopers of Death and Metallica.[1] It has been reported that the driver paid Carpenter a cash settlement that allowed the band to purchase equipment,[1][2][3] but drummer Abe Cunningham commented in an interview that this was "a myth about how our band was started."[4]

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