Chino Moreno Recalls Robert Smith’s Reaction To Deftones

Deftones’ Chino Moreno appeared in an interview with Kerrang! where he recalled his interaction with The Cure’s Robert Smith.

Three days ago, Moreno’s other band, Crosses, dropped their first full-length album as a special Friday the 13th release. Entitled ‘Goodnight, God Bless, I Love U, Delete,’ the album features a collaboration with Robert Smith.

The two singers interacted when Smith asked Deftones to play The Cure’s MTV Icon tribute in 2004. The interviewer asked Moreno if the friendship of the duo started before this event. He clarified they had been meeting before and said:

“I met him around 1997. When ‘Around The Fur’ first came out, we did a livestream where we performed some of the album – it was one of the first worldwide streams. We did it in this studio in Hollywood, and I didn’t know, but The Cure were rehearsing next door.”

The unexpected happened to the frontman. He told how the two eventually met:

“When we were done with the show, my tour manager said Robert Smith was watching us and asked if I would come into their studio. I was like, ‘What the f*ck?’ I walked in there, and he was so pleasant. He just had nothing but great things to say.”

He then recalled how Robert Smith paid attention to one of their then-new songs, which helped form their friendship:

“Specifically, I remember we performed ‘Mascara,’ and he was asking me about its lyrics – and it was brand-new! It was like, ‘Wow, he really was paying attention.’ We became email pals, and he had reached out to me a couple other times after that. So ever since we’ve remained friends.”

Apparently, the frontman wanted to make Smith’s appearance in the album a surprise, so he didn’t tell anybody about the news. He continued:

“For ‘Girls Float † Boys Cry,’ I really wanted to not tell anybody about him being on it. I would have loved for people to hear the song, and then, out of nowhere, his voice would come in, and people would be like, ‘Is that Robert Smith?’ I love those Easter eggs in records, the same way Deftones did with Passenger and Maynard [James Keenan]. The collaboration ended up getting out, but it worked out in the most perfect way.”

Chino also revealed that the title for the new collaboration was inspired by The Cure’s ‘Boys Don’t Cry.’ Entitled ‘Girls Float Boys Cry,’ the rocker said that he wanted to have the word ‘boy’ in the song’s title, and after coming up with the current title, he agreed to use it specifically because Smith takes place in it as well.

Below, you can listen to the new album.