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Formed: 1989
From: Sacramento, CA, United States
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Deftones Posts "Rocket Skates" Music Video Online

Deftones has revealed their official video for the song, "Rocket Skates," online. One tweet will grant you exclusive access to a download of the HD video (go here for that offer). "Rocket Skates" is the first track released off of the forthcoming album, Diamond Eyes available May 18th, and can be purchased on iTunes.

The "Diamond Eyes" tracklisting is as follows:

1. Diamond Eyes
2. Royal
3. CMND/CTRL
4. You’ve Seen the Butcher
5. Beauty School
6. Prince
7. Rocket Skates
8. Sextape
9. Risk
10. 976-EVIL
11. This Place Is Death

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Deftones Reveals New Album Tracklisting

Deftones has announced the track listing to their new album, "Diamond Eyes," which will be released on May 18th. The tracklisting is as follows:

01. Diamond Eyes
02. Royal
03. CMND/CTRL
04. You’ve Seen the Butcher
05. Beauty School
06. Prince
07. Rocket Skates
08. Sextape
09. Risk
10. 976-EVIL
11. This Place Is Death

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Deftones Posts Free Song, Announces More Festivals

Deftones announced some more festival appearances. The band will perform at the Copenhell Festival in Denmark on June 11 and Nova Rock in Austria on June 13.

The band also recently announce they'll be playing the Vive Latino Fest in Mexico City in Mexico City on April 24. Details and tickets can be found here.

The band recently posted a free download of their new song, "Rocket Skates," which is off their upcoming album entitled "Diamond Eyes," due out on May 18th.

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Hellfest Confirms Finals Acts

The organisers of the French metal festival Hellfest has announced the last additions to the event's lineup. The already hugely impressive lineup will now also feature Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Saxon, Slayer, Deftones, Airbourne, Fear Factory, Carcass, Fields Of Nephilm, Infectious Grooves, Stone Sour, Hypocrisy, Exodus, Annihilator, Devin Townsend Project, Mass Hysteria, Doom, Dillinger Escape Plan, As I Lay Dying, Unearth, Tamtrum, Electric Mary Vulcain, Kalisia and Blaspheme. The festival will be held in Clisson from June 18th-20th.

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Deftones Reveals New Album Release Date, Title

Californian nu metal pioneers the Deftones has revealed that the name of their new studio album will be "Diamond Eyes." Fans can expect the album to hit the shelves on May 18th. In addition to this announcement, the band also announced that they will be posting a new song on their official called "Rocket Skates" on February 23rd. Stay tuned for further details.

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A Decade Of Metal In Review

On the 31 Dec 1999, no planes came crashing out of the sky, nuclear bombs went off or microwave ovens tried to eat anyone. However, times were about to change and in the metal scene change was already well underway. Let us take a stroll through the decade in metal that was.

Many of the 90s big names like Emperor and Pantera prepared to give their last venomous scream dying off in the wake of ever diminishing interest in the metal scene that had plagued the 90s. In the year 2000 a band named “Limp Bizkit” came out with an album called "Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavoured Water" and in a storm nu-metal took over the public perception of heavy music, changing the face of metal irreparably. Although nu-metal had already been pioneered by Korn, bands like Deftones, Disturbed, Mudvayne and Linkin Park all had breakout releases in 2000. More...

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Five More Bands Announced For Download 2010

The organisers of Britain' Download Festival have revealed that in addition the recent announcement that Aerosmith and Rage Against The Machine will be headlining the event over the weekend, five more bands have also been confirmed. American heavy metal favourites Lamb Of God will be performing, along with Thirty Seconds To Mars, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour and veteran rocker Billy Idol. The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 11th - 13th.

The lineup is now as follows:

AC/DC (Friday headliner)
Them Crooked Vultures
Bullet For My Valentine
Wolfmother
Lamb Of God
Rage Against The Machine (Saturday headliner)
Deftones
Thirty Seconds To Mars
Megadeth
Billy Idol
Volbeat
Aerosmith (Sunday headliner)
Stone Temple Pilots
Stone Sour
Motorhead
Five Finger Death Punch

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Aerosmith And RATM Added To Download Festival

American hard rock legends Aerosmith and rap rock veterans Rage Against The Machine have been confirmed as the headline acts at this year's edition of Britain's Download Festival, in addition to previously announced headliners AC/DC. Rage Against The Machine will be headlining the saturday with Aerosmith taking the top spot the next day. Other bands confirmed for the event include Motorhead, Deftones, Them Crooked Vultures, Megadeth and Stone Temple Pilots. It will take place at Donington Park from June 11th - 13th.

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First Bands Confirmed For Download 2010

The organisers of the United Kingdom's Download festival has announced the first batch of names for this year's edition of the event. The biggest news is that AC/DC will be headlining the first day of the event, marking their first appearance at Donington since 1991. Many other big names have also been added to the bill, including Them Crooked Vultures, Motorhead, Megadeth, Deftones, Stone Temple Pilots, Bullet For My Valentine, Wolfmother and Volbeat. The festival will be held at Castle Donington from June 11th - 13th. Stay tuned for more confirmations and details.

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Chi Cheng Benefit Auction Part 3 Launched

Deftones and CharityBuzz have now launched the final new batch of items for the Benefit For Chi Auction. These include guitars, autographed and donated by:

Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine
Trent Reznor / NIN
Ozzy Osbourne
Papa Roach
Disturbed

Plus other cool rarities, including artwork from Brandon Boyd of Incubus, plus autographed gear from My Chemical Romance, Trivium and Fall Out Boy.

FC Records is offering items from from Burning Empires (the new project from members of Misery Signals, Fall Out Boy, and 7 Angels 7 Plagues), merch from FC Records, an Autographed Drum Head from Andy Hurley of Fall Out Boy/BE, and a Misery Signals merch package.

You can view these and all previous items here.

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Deftones Gives Benefit Shows Recap

The Deftones has issued the following update about the benefit shows held for bassit Chi Cheng:

"Deftones would like to thank all of the incredible artists, sponsors, crew, supporters, fans and friends who made last Thursday and Friday an overwhelming success. The two night event commenced with special sets by POD, Far and Cypress Hill on night one. Deftones opened their Thursday night set with a brand new song 'Rocket Skates' and continued through a show that included 'Elite,' 'Be Quiet and Drive,' and 'My Own Summer.'

"Each night the band was joined by some of Deftones' and Chi's close friends for some special collaborations exclusive to the nights. Night one included Ben Kenney from Incubus on 'Street Carp,' Mike Shinoda and Tommy Lee on 'Anniversary of an Uninteresting Event,' Xzibit on 'Back to School,' Jonah and Shawn from Far on the Jawbox cover 'Savory,' and Cypress Hill joining Deftones for a full band version of Cypress' 'Rock Superstar.'

"Friday night opened with longtime Chi Cheng favorites Fungo Mungo and Will Haven. Special guests on night two included Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Daron Malakian (System of A Down) and Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) on a punishing cover of Metallica's 'Battery,' an ensemble performance of Suicidal Tendencies' 'War Inside My Head' with members of Suicidal, and Daron, John Dolmayan, and Shavo Odadjian of System performing 'Aerials' and 'Toxicity' with Chino on vocals.

"Coupled with the online auction, Deftones will likely reach their goal of raising six figures for Chi..."

Read the full article at Deftones MySpace Blog.

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Chi Cheng Benefit Auction Part 2 Launched

Deftones and CharityBuzz launched the second batch of brand new items for the Benefit For Chi Auction yesterday.

Highlights include:
-John Dolmayan of System of a Down's personal Tama Drum Kit.
-An Avenged Sevenfold Autographed Schecter guitar.
-The opportunity to meet Alice In Chains backstage at their 2010 North American Tour.
-An Autographed Killswitch Engage Jägermeister Guitar.
-Autographed gear from Cypress Hill, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and Pearl Jam.

Click here to bid.

The third and final batch is set to go live December 1st and will feature items from Trent Reznor, Rage Against The Machine, Disturbed, Ozzy Ozbourne, Incubus, Lamb Of God and more.

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Deftones Charity Auction For Chi Launched

The previously announced charity auction for Deftones bassist Chi Cheng went live earlier in the week. Chi has been in a semi-conscious state since being involved in a horrific accident in November 2008, and his family has accumulated an overwhelming amount of medical bills that insurance does not entirely cover. It is Deftones' mission to raise significant funds to help ensure Chi's recovery by playing two very special benefit shows in Hollywood on 11/19 and 11/20, and also by launching a benefit auction in conjunction with CharityBuzz.com.

More information has been revealed on the stuff being auctioned. The auction features many special items generously donated by an array of Deftones' friends including Metallica, System of a Down, Blink 182, HIM, Slayer and many more.

Some highlights include:

-A day in the studio with Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 to produce a track for your band
-Flyaway to Helsinki, Finland to attend HIM's sold-out New Year's Eve show. Includes meet-and-greet with the band, round-trip flight, and hotel for two nights.
-Signed ESP guitar from Metallica
-John Dolmayan's (System of a Down) personal Tama drum kit, autographed by John
-Signed gear from Deftones
-Signed Slayer motorcycle helmet autographed by members of Slayer
-Pair of three-day general admission and VIP passes to Coachella Festival 2010
-Autographed ESP guitar from My Chemical Romance

In addition to the items already launched today, another batch of items will launch next Tuesday, November 24th. The auction can be found at CharityBuzz.com/BenefitforChi and will conclude on December 8th.

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Chi Cheng Benefit Auction Announced

On November 17th, Deftones with the assistance of CharityBuzz.com will commence a three week online auction to raise money for their brother, Chi Cheng. With the event only a few days away, the response has been overwhelming and Chino, as well as Deftones, would like to send their thanks to all involved:

"Wow, first let me start off saying how amazed I am at the generosity of all the friends and artists who have come forward for this auction. We, Deftones are so very grateful to all for your donations and time you've put into making this a success. I myself had no idea it would be this big. Just goes to show how many good friends and good will Chi has made over the last 20 years, just being the good dude he is.

"If you were lucky enough to befriend Chi over the last couple decades you would know that there is not a more kind, or more giving person. It's so great to see it all coming back around for him.

"I really want to thank everyone that has kept him in their thoughts, prayers, and kept all the positive energy and love flowing his way. I truly believe he will return to us one day when he is good and rested with a great story to tell in his off the wall Cheng sense of humor. Chi is one tuff "MF" and if anyone can make it through this, it's gonna be him.

"Chi, I miss you and love you and so does the world. Hope to see you soon."

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Deftones Add Second Show To Chi Cheng Benefit

Due to overwhelming demand, the Deftones announced a second benefit show for Chi Cheng on November 20th at the Avalon in Hollywood, California in addition to the previously announced show on the 19th at the same venue. You can purchase tickets for the second datehere while tickets for the first are still on sale as well.

All proceeds will go to the Chi Ling Cheng Special Needs Trust that has been set up by the Cheng family to help pay for the growing medical costs required for Chi's survival and recovery since his .

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Deftones Plans Benefit Show For Chi Cheng

The Deftones announced a benefit show for injured and hospitalized bassist Chi Cheng at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA on 11/19. Tickets will go on-sale for our fans this Wednesday, 10/28 with a general on-sale to follow on Friday, 10/30. All proceeds will go to the Chi Ling Cheng Special Needs Trust that has been set up by the Cheng family to help pay for the growing medical costs required for Chi's survival and recovery.

In the event that you do not live in Los Angeles, or you don't end up getting a ticket for the show, the band will be launching a series of online auctions, an online store and making available other opportunities for you to make a donation to the Trust. More details will come soon.

It has been almost a year since Chi's accident. On November 2nd, 2008 Deftones bassist Chi Ling Cheng was involved in a horrific car accident which has left him in a semi-conscious state. In his journey to recovery, the Cheng family has accumulated an overwhelming amount of medical bills that insurance does not entirely cover, which is the reason a trust has been set up for him as well as a number of benefit shows.

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Deftones Confirmed For Two More Fall Festivals

Deftones has announced their participation in a couple more festivals this fall. First up, the band has been confirmed for the newly re-launched Cypress Hill SmokeOut Festival at the San Manuel Amphitheatre in San Bernardino on October 24, 2009. Ticket pre-sale began Friday, September 4 at 10:00am and the public on-sale date is Saturday, September 12 at 10:00am. Visit smokeoutfestival.com for more info.

Deftones will also be part of the Maquinaria Festival 2009 on Saturday, November 7th, 2009 at Chácara do Jockey in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For more information, visit maquinariafestival.com.

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Slipknot To Tour With Deftones

Iowa based nine-piece Slipknot has announced that they will be heading out on the road this Fall for a series of headlining October shows and special appearances. Joining them on the tour from the Portland to San Bernadino shows, will be very special guests, Deftones.

The tour dates are as follows:

October 10 - White River Amphitheater - Auburn, WA
October 11 - Toyota Center - Kennewick, WA
October 13 - Memorial Coliseum - Portland
October 15 - Pacific Coliseum - Vancouver, BC
October 16 - Save On Foods Center - Victoria, BC
October 18 - Shaw Conference Centre - Edmonton, AB
October 20 - Calgary Corral - Calgary, AB
October 21 - Star Theater - Spokane, WA
October 23 - Event Center at San Jose - San Jose, CA
October 24 - San Manuel Amphitheater - San Bernardino, CA
October 29 - The Palladium - Los Angeles, CA
October 31 - Pearl Concert Theater - Las Vegas, NV

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Slipknot To Headline Smokeout Festival

Iowa nine-piece Slipknot has been announced as the headliners for this years edition of the Smokeout festival which takes place Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 at the San Manuel Amphitheatre and festival grounds in San Bernardino, CA. The event was founded by rap superstars (no pun intended) Cypress Hill and will be hosted by weed icons, Cheech and Chong. There will be a wide range of acts performing at the festival too, including metal groups Deftones, Immortal and Hardcore legends Bad Brains, as well as rap heavyweights such as Cypress Hill, Geto Boys, Immortal Technique, Mix Master Mike, Redman & Method Man amongst many others.

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Korn's Fieldy Organizes "A Song For Chi"

As you may know, Chi Cheng, bass player for the Deftones, is currently in a semi-conscious state following an automobile accident in Santa Clara, CA on November 4th, 2008. Chi is slowly making progress but he needs your help.

Fieldy has organized an amazing cast of musicians from Machine Head, Metallica, Korn, Hatebreed, Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Sevendust and more to record an epic song for Chi.

You can help support Chi and his family by heading over to the A Song For Chi site where you can download your free copy of the song, watch the music video and make a donation. 100% of your donation will go to Chi and his family to help cover his ongoing medical expenses.

"A Song For Chi" featuring Jim Root (Slipknot), Sid (Slipknot), Ray Luzier (Korn), Fieldy (Korn), Dave Mc Clain (Machine Head), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Clint Lowery (Sevendust), Morgan Rose (Sevendust), Brian "Head" Welch (formerly of Korn), Munky (Korn), Wayne Lozinak (Hatebreed), Wuv (POD), Mike Wengren (Disturbed) and Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage). The song was produced by Fieldy (Korn) and Q (Stillwell), engineered by Q (Stillwell) and Ralph Patlan, and mixed by Jim "Bud" Monti. The video, which can be seen below, was directed by Sébastien Paquet.

"A Song For Chi" Music Video

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