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Formed: 1989
From: Sacramento, CA, United States
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Below is our complete Deftones news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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 Comment On Korean Show and Plans

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.

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Deftones Update On Chi's Condition, Studio Work

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."

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Will Haven To Perform At Chi Cheng Benefit Show

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.

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Deftones Plan First South Korean Show

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.

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Deftones Announces London Show, PETA Helping Chi

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.

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Deftones Confirmed For Two More Festivals

Deftones has confirmed a couple more festival appearances. The band will be performing at the Area 4 festival in Germany this summer.

Lüdinghausen, Germany
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.

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Deftones Confirmed For Highfield Festival 2009

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
ARCTIC MONKEYS
THE OFFSPRING
MAXIMO PARK
RISE AGAINST
FARIN URLAUB RACING TEAM
DEFTONES
CLUESO
WILCO
APOCALYPTICA
AFI
THE WOMBATS
SELIG
TOMTE
PANTEÓN ROCOCÓ
GET WELL SOON
OHRBOOTEN
DENDEMANN
SHANTEL & BUCOVINA ORKESTAR
TURBOSTAAT
ZEBRAHEAD
BADDIES
PORT O' BRIEN
THE HOT MELTS
NEIMO
KATZENJAMMER

More information can be found at www.highfield.de.

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Deftones Confirmed For Reading and Leeds Festivals

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.

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Bamboozle Left Auctions Slot For Chi Cheng Benefit

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.

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Chi Cheng's Condition Improving, Fundraiser Launch

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...

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Deftones Confirmed For Bamboozle, Update On Chi

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."

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New Deftones and Puscifer Songs Streaming Online

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.

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Will Haven Playing Third Chi Cheng Benefit Show

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.

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Will Haven Confirmed For Chi Cheng Benefit Show

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.

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Death Angel To Perform Benefit Show For Deftones

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."

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Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng Beginning To Recover

Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham has posted the following message online:

"Hi,

"I spoke to Chi's mother this morning, the Neurosurgeon treating Chi says the first 72 hours are critical, and as of now he is fighting the good fight and the doctors remain optimistic. We are seeing your prayers in action. The family asks that all the prayer warriors out there to continue to pray for Chi, and keep sending out your positive energy!

"Today's good deed for Chi is to call someone you love, remind them of that love by saying "I love you," and like yesterday remind them to buckle up.

-Abe" More...

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Deftones Singer Posts Another Update On Bassist

Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno has posted the following message online:

"Hello Everyone,

"I am back from up North visiting our brother Cheng. His condition remains the same - serious, but stable. We, along with the entire Cheng family, would like to extend our gratitude to everyone that's said a prayer or sent out their positive thoughts to Chi. Your support means more than you know.

"During his recovery process, Chi's mother has asked that each day we spread a little bit of good in his name. So each day Deftones will be posting what you can do to help Chi recover. Today, she has asked that you all remember to buckle your seat belts, and remind those you love to buckle up. By doing something so little in his name, you will be helping him find the strength to recover.

"Thank you, and please check back daily.

-chino"

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Deftones Singer Gives Update On Chi's Condition

Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has posted the following blog online:

"Hello everyone,

It deeply saddens me to inform you all that our brother Chi Cheng was involved in a terrible car accident last night. He is currently in a Northern California Hospital in serious, but stable condition. I am on my way up North right now to be by his side along with the rest of our band mates and family. Chi is one of the strongest people I know, and I'm praying that his strength will get him through this. Please say a prayer for him as well.

-chino "

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Headline News

Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng In Coma After Car Crash

The Sacremento Bee reports: Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is in a coma in a San Jose hospital following a car accident in Santa Clara on Monday.

The band's singer, Chino Moreno, reached by phone, confirmed the news but declined to give specifics.

"I don't know everything that's going on -- I just know it's very serious," Moreno said. "I'm on my way to be with his family, I'm pretty freaked out about it." More...

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Deftones Posts More Studio Footage Online

Sacremento, California based rockers Deftones has posted a new video online, documenting the band working in the studio on their sixth studio album, "Eros." You can check out the video below. More...

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