Deftones Play “Jump” in Tribute to Kris Kross’s Chris Kelly

Jon Wiederhorn
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By Jon Wiederhorn

In tribute to Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly, who died yesterday at a hospital in Atlanta at the age of 34, rock band Deftones played the duo's hit "Jump" during their set last night in St. Louis, Missouri.

"We got word that a member of Kris Kross has passed," vocalist Chino Moreno told the crowd. "I know it's not a good thing, but we represent 'boing boing boing' tonight...Kris Kross'll make you jump, jump."

Deftones’ version of the song featured low, distorted power-chords, high guitar squeals, and a lunging beat. The crowd chanted, "Jump, jump!" along with the band, which inserted a tumbling flurry of rhythm in the midsection of the song.

Before beginning the tunre, Moreno pointed to drummer Abe Cunningham and said, "He’s [wearing his clothes] backwards and inside-out," a reference to Kris Kross's style of wearing their shirts backwards. Guitarist Stephen Carpenter also seemed to have his shirt backwards during the song.

Deftones experienced their own tragedy April 13, when longtime bassist Chi Cheng died at a hospital after having been in a semi-conscious state since he was in a severe car accident November 4, 2008.

After Cheng’s death, Carpenter said in a statement: ''There are so many things i can say, and yet at this moment, none of it matters or compares to the loss everyone feels. There will be a hole in our lives where Chi once was. But that will be filled everyday with all of our love and memories we all have in our heart. He will always be here because of the love."

Deftones are one of the first groups to emerge from the so-called nu-metal movement of the 1990s. Along with Korn, Coal Chamber, and later Limp Bizkit, the band incorporated lurching hip-hop beats, roaring downtuned seven-string guitar riffs, and vocals that included moody wails and painstricken screams. The multiplatinum band’s most recent record, Koi No Yokan, came out November 12, 2012, debuted at number 11 on the Billboard album chart, and was ranked “album of the year” by Revolver magazine. It was Deftones' second to feature bassist Sergio Vega.