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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 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:


"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.


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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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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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Deftones Posts More Studio Footage Online

Californian rockers Deftones has uploaded another video documenting the band at work in the studio. You can check it out below.

Deftones are currently finishing work on a brand new studio album entitled, "Eros" which is expected to be released early next year. The album was produced by Terry Date and engineered by Scott Olsen. More...

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Deftones Posts More Studio Footage Online

Sacremento, California based rockers Deftones has posted another video containing footage of the band at work in the studio. You can check it out below.

Deftones are currently writing a brand new studio album entitled, "Eros" and are working with producer Terry Date. More...

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Deftones Uploads New Studio Video

Deftones has uploaded a new video documenting the recording of their forthcoming effort, "Eros." You can check it out below.

"Eros" was produced by Terry Date (well known for working with Pantera and Soundgarden among others) and is scheduled for an early 2009 release date. More...

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Video Of New Deftones Song Available

Fan filmed video footage of a new Deftones song, tentatively titled "Melanie" as been posted online at YouTube. You can check it out below.

The band are currently finishing mixing their new album, "Eros" which is set to be released in early 2009. More...

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Deftones Bassist Speaks On New Album

Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has recently posted his thoughts regarding the new songs being recorded for the next Deftones album, tentatively titled "Eros."

He states: "We've been locked into the studio, as you know, and are finishing the drum tracks on a song tentatively called 'Trempest'. It's heavy as fuck with a shitload of groove 'n even though it's been driving me crazy as it runs through my insomniatic brain, I am really excited! I always say this shit, but I truly believe this album to be well worth the wait and appreciate all your support and kind loyalty. The idea of finishing the album and getting out to play in front of y'all is a nice light at the end of my tunnel. We intend to tour extensively so don't fret."

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Deftones Prepare To Enter Studio

DEFTONES will enter a Sacramento, California studio later this month with producer Terry Date (SOUNDGARDEN, PANTERA) and engineer Scott Olson (DEFTONES, UNEARTH) to begin recording the band's sixth studio album, "Eros", tentatively due before the end of the year.

Commented frontman Chino Moreno: "So these past few weeks have been just a little barbarous for us as we get closer to the actual recording part of this record. April 14th is our official start date. Our longtime producer Terry Date graced us with a short visit early last week to hear the songs and do some pre-production. Now it's pretty much crunch hour trying to stick with our plan to have everything written before we start tracking the drums. Hard for me to describe what this record will sound like. So far, it's shaping up to be our most unorthodox piece of work, not only sound-wise but the way a lot of the songs have come about. There is also some of that good old 'fuck you, I hope you die!' aggression I know a lot of you love and miss from us." More...

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Guitar Hero III Adds "Modern Metal" Song Pack

Just a week after it's last update (a batch of No Doubt tunes) Guitar Hero III is getting another song pack. This time, it's the "Modern Metal Track Pack," featuring master tracks of Deftones' "Hole in the Earth," Avenged Sevenfold's "Almost Easy" and Thrice's "The Arsonist." As you've come to expect, the three songs will cost you 500 points ($6.25).

Just in time for St. Patricks Day will be a free three-song pack from from Dropkick Murphys, master tracks of "Famous for Nothing," "(F)lannigan's Ball" and "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya."

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