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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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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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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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