They're two rock bands who have each maintained careers -- and who have remained popular -- for 20 years. And their key members from the early days are still with the band now.
That's says a lot about Incubus and the Deftones. The two bands, both of whom can be filed under "alternative" or "metal" categories," are on tour together now, and they'll be in Tampa this week. They're slated for a Thursday show at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre.
Incubus first came to the attention of at least a few alt-rock fans in 1995 with the band's first album, "Fungous Amongous." It flopped, but after "S.C.I.E.N.C.E." propelled Incubus into the big time in 1997, "Fungous" came to be considered a classic. The early albums showed influences of such funk-metal bands as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Mr. Bungle. You can still hear that kind of funk-metal in Incubus' music, but the band's style has continued to evolve.
The Deftones fared better with their 1995 debut, "Adrenaline." But as with Incubus it was their second album, "Around the Fur," that really made them stars, and a lot of people discovered "Adrenaline" after "Around the Fur."
Openers are Death from Above 1979, a noise-rock band from Toronto, and LA garage band the Bots.
Details: 6:15 p.m. Aug. 13, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $25-$173.83. Information: 813-740-2446, livenation.com.
-- Marty Clear