DEFTONES To Perform On ‘Lopez Tonight’

DEFTONES will perform on the June 16 edition of “Lopez Tonight”, comedian George Lopez‘s talk show on TBS.

The show, which premiered in November 2009, features audience interaction using a high-energy format. The program airs Monday through Thursday at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) Eastern/9:00 p.m. Pacific in the United States.

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DEFTONES may use some upcoming time off to get into the studio and begin laying the groundwork for its seventh studio release, according to The California band is currently in the midst of its first proper headlining tour since issuing the “Diamond Eyes” album a year ago, but singer Chino Moreno explained that they may take advantage of a break between the end of this trek and some summer festival dates, “We’re going to have like a month off, but I think in that month off, we’re talking about going in and starting writing again, spending maybe even like two or three weeks in a rehearsal spot just recording ideas and just keeping it going, you know. If all goes well, hopefully we’ll have some product for early next year,” he said.

Moreno said that all five members of the group are recording their own ideas already, but that DEFTONES music doesn’t really emerge until the full band gets into a room together and starts jamming.

He explained, “We find that when we actually get together in a rehearsal spot where there’s no distractions and we can work together cohesively as a band, that’s really when we’re writing songs.”

2010’s “Diamond Eyes” has been one of DEFTONES‘ most successful outings. The set’s latest single, “You’ve Seen The Butcher”, was a Top 15 rock radio hit.

DEFTONES will once again record with Sergio Vega on bass. Vega stepped in for touring purposes after original bassist Chi Cheng was left in a semi-comatose state by a November 2008 car accident, and stayed on to record “Diamond Eyes” with the group.

DEFTONES will finish up its headlining run on June 13 in San Francisco.