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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Deftones has commented on their recent and first show in Korea, as well as their itinerary for the near future:
"We want to thank the fans in Korea for coming out and seeing us at Pentaport – it was our first time to the country and after this trip, certainly not our last. Show was great, the people were better... Euro dates in a few weeks, then new record, then world tour... Can’t wait to get out there and see all of you."
You can check out some photos from the Korean show on their MySpace blog.
The Deftones have issued the following update on bassist Chi Cheng's condition as well as their progress in the studio. Here's the update from the band directly:
"What’s up! We want to take a minute and address all of you regarding Chi and our new record:
"First and foremost, we are all still praying and hoping for our brother’s and bandmate’s recovery. He continues to get hospital care, but often it feels as if we’re no closer to knowing what is ultimately going to happen to him as he continues to fight off infections as part of an ongoing battle with his condition. We trust all of you have been following his progress at One Love For Chi; we have as well. Whenever we have significant information regarding his condition, we will share it with all of you. In the meantime, we’re working on getting a benefit show together for Chi in Los Angeles this fall; details will follow very soon.
"Let’s all continue to channel positive energy into the universe for Chi’s recovery.
"There has been a lot of speculation lately about what is going on with the record: Eros for one, and Chi’s parts, and this new record that we are currently tracking.
"The songs recorded for Eros are very special to us as they are the latest with Chi (and we certainly hope not the last); they have history and significant meaning to us. However, as we neared completion on Eros, we realized that this record doesn’t best encompass and represent who we are currently as people and as musicians. And although those songs will see the light of day at some point, we collectively made the decision that we needed to take a new approach, and with Chi’s condition heavy on our minds while doing so. We needed to return to the studio to do what we felt was right artistically. Our inspiration and unity as a band is stronger than it has ever been before and we needed to channel that energy into our music, and deliver to our fans what you rightly deserve: the best Deftones record that we can make.
"The decision to hold off on releasing Eros has no connection with Chi’s condition or anything associated. This was, and is, purely a creative decision by the band to write, record, and deliver an amazing product. As a result we feel like this is the best record we’ve ever written. And although Chi is not playing bass with us, his presence is dramatically felt in our hearts and on our minds everyday when we step into that studio, and you will feel it in the music.
"We have some dates coming up this summer as you know, and the best thing that we can do now is to try to return this situation to the closest thing to normalcy as possible. The stage is our home, and you are our family.
"Please remember, only Deftones speak for Deftones, so we will continue to periodically release official statements.
"More to come soon."
West coast metal band Will Haven will be headlining a special benefit show for hospitalized Deftones bassist Chi Cheng tonight at The Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, CA.
Deftones will be making their first ever appearance in South Korea this summer at the Pentaport Festival. The band will be headlining July 25, the Saturday night of the weekend long festival. More information will be revelaed soon.
Through the years, Chi has given his unwavering support to many P.E.T.A programs. Now P.E.T.A. Is returning the favor by showing their support for Chi. Through May 29, P.E.T.A. will donate 20% of all proceeds on the purchase of the Chi Cheng designed “Happy Families Not Happy Meals” t-shirt to the One Love for Chi Foundation. Complete details can be found here.
In other Deftones new, the band has confirmed a headlining show at the Forum in London on Thursday, August 27th. Tickets are on-sale now at www.aloud.com.
Deftones has confirmed a couple more festival appearances. The band will be performing at the Area 4 festival in Germany this summer.
August 21, 2009
Tickets & info: www.area4.de
They'll also be headlining the Paradiso in Amsterdam on August 25. Tickets go on sale May 2, and all info can be found at www.paradiso.nl.
Deftones has been added to the Highfield Festival in Erfurt-Hohenfelden, Germany on August 23. Other bands already confirmed for the bill, spanning August 21 through 23, 2009 include:
DIE TOTEN HOSEN
FARIN URLAUB RACING TEAM
GET WELL SOON
SHANTEL & BUCOVINA ORKESTAR
PORT O' BRIEN
THE HOT MELTS
More information can be found at www.highfield.de.
The Deftones will be return to the UK in August for their appearance at Reading (8/28) and Leeds (8/30) festivals. You can get more information about the festival at readingfestival.com.
For the first time ever, THE BAMBOOZLE LEFT will be auctioning off one of the festival’s most coveted spots: an appearance on the main stage. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the One Love for Chi foundation to aid in the ongoing medical care of Chi. The winning band will be awarded a 25 minute time slot on the Bamboozle Left Main Stage, Sunday April 5th from 2:00pm – 2:25pm at the Festival Grounds at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
The auction began Friday March 27th at 3pm PST and ends Wednesday, April 1st at 3pm PST. You can view or bid on the auction here.
Chi Cheng's mother has written a personal letter directly to her son's friends, fans and supporters. This will serve as a press release as it does offer news and updates on his condition. It also announces recent fundraising efforts launched to help aid in Chi Cheng's medical expenses and much needed therapy:
"This has been a difficult time since Chi was injured four months ago. He remains in a coma and is slowly waking up. The entire Cheng family would like to take this opportunity to extend our tremendous gratitude for the worldwide outpouring of prayers, love and support. You have opened your hearts and have been the blessings that have made our situation bearable. Your kind words, shared stories, doing the 'good deed of the day' (which I would love to start again), and most of all your prayers for Chi have kept us from feeling alone or helpless. There have been so many faces and names that would always show up when I could get to a computer. It was like going home to see you sharing and caring. More...
The Deftones have been confirmed to appear at Bamboozle Left on April 5th at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA. Tickets are on-sale at 10am this Saturday at thebamboozle.com.
With the announcement of their appearance on Bamboozle, they felt the need to address Chi Cheng's condition and related news:
"First, Chi. Our fallen comrade has not made significant progress as of late, but continues to fight on from his accident. Doctors are working feverishly to return our brother to us, and we continue to hold out hope and faith that Chi returns to the life he has waiting for him and can join us on stage once again.
"For everyone that knows Chi, knows that he never wanted down time. Chi always wanted to keep working and never slow down, which is why we feel confident in returning to the stage at Bamboozle in April. Chi would want it, and we want to make sure we're keeping his legacy alive.
"Back in 1999, Chi had to leave the band for a brief moment and our closefriend Sergio Vega filled in to keep the train moving. 10 years later, Sergio is going to step in once again while Chi is down. Sergio is family to us, and had received Chi's blessing before, so without a doubt we know that if Chi could tell us now, he would give us his blessing again.
"In the meantime, we continue work on our record, and as for Bamboozle, we felt like we needed to poke our heads up for a quick breath before we buckle down and get this record finished... So we'll see you all in Irvine."
A remixed version of the Deftone’s song “Hole in the Earth” is streaming at this location. New mixes of Puscifer’s “Lighten up Francis” and Alkaline Trio’s “Over and Out” are also available.
The songs are a part of the “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans” soundtrack, which is due out today, January 13th.
Will Haven will be performing at The Viper Room in Hollywood, CA on December 21st with Death Valley High, Tinfed, Last Angels and a number of surprise guests to benefit Deftones bassist, Chi Cheng. Chi Cheng is currently in a coma following his involvement in an automobile accident.
Following Death Angel's announcement that they'll be taking part in the benefit show for Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, Will Haven and Testament vocalist Chuck Billy have also confirmed their participation.
The benefit show takes place this Saturday, November 29th at Fat City in San Francisco. The show is only $12 and tickets can be purchased at the door.
Cheng is reportedly currently still in a coma following a car accident.
Legendary thrash metal band Death Angel has posted the following message online:
"A lot of you may have heard that Chi Cheng from the DEFTONES was in a car accident and is in a coma. There is a benefit show for him and his family this Saturday (November 29th) at Fat City in San Francisco. The Death Angel boys are going to jam out some tunes for the cause with other great bands joining in. Come show your support."