The friendship between Korn’s Jonathan Davis and Deftones‘ Chino Moreno has surely had its up’s and down’s over the years.
In the mid-90’s, all was copacetic- both bands were pioneers of the burgeoning nu metal sound and movement, coming up together in small clubs, and collaborating musically (Chino on Life Is Peachy’s ‘Wicked’ Ice Cube cover still goes pretty hard by the way).
But then, things got complicated for a bit. In the early 2000’s, Davis slammed Moreno in the press after the Deftones singer publically talked down on Korn’s Untouchables, saying at the time:
“As they [KORN] go on, it’s the same thing — bad childhoods and mean moms. How old is Jonathan? Thirty years old? How long has it been since he lived with his parents? Try to go somewhere else.” Davis responded:
“I don’t hate Chino at all. He’s just a bitter guy… He’s been bitter since the time when we all started back in ’92 [and] we were all homies.”
And then of course there was the rift over Deftones’ refusal to tour with Korn, with Chino unabashedly distancing himself from the band at a time when nu metal felt like a dirty word:
“I can’t remember how many times I turned down Korn! And they got pissed at us. Jonathan [Davis] would say, ‘Why do you hate us?’ and I didn’t know what to say. I’d tell him, ‘Dude, I don’t hate you. I love you guys, you’re my friends. But I don’t want to tour with you.”
Thankfully, the friendship has been mended in the years since. And in today’s blast from the past post, we have a wholesome as hell video of the two young friends (seemingly very wasted), singing Alanis Morissette’s 90’s radio rock behemoth together on a tour bus in 1995 as Misery Loves Co.’s ‘Sonic Attack’ plays in the background.
The moment was apparently captured by Korn bassist Fieldy, and it’s seeing the light of day because the owner of the YouTube channel Korn Memorabilia was able to acquire a bunch of the band’s personal analog camcorder footage from the 90’s. It’s unclear who the guys’ female friend is, but she’s got a killer voice. Enjoy the fun and innocent moment of friendship between two musical legends below: