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Deftones Release Four More Summer Tour Dates

The following four tour dates have been added to the Deftones 2007 U.S. Summer tour:

6/27/07 San Diego, CA - Viejas
6/29/07 Fresno, CA - Rainbow Ballroom
6/30/07 Santa Cruz, CA - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
7/5/07 Reno, NV - The Theater - Grand Sierra Resort

The Deftones are touring in support of their latest release "Saturday Night Wrist."

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Deftones Double Up On Some Tour Stops

Just a week after announcing their upcoming US tour, the Deftones have expanded the itinerary, adding two-nighters in Dallas, San Antonio, Cleveland and Washington, DC, as well as shows in Houston, Nashville, Detroit, the Los Angeles area and St. Louis, MO.

The alt-metal rockers, who are currently in the midst of an extensive European jaunt, will begin their US run May 11 in Mesa, AZ. Other double-shots on the schedule include Albuquerque, New Orleans, and Salt Lake City. Dates, which so far take the band through June, are listed below.

Japanese hard-rockers Dir En Grey and Seattle trio The Fall of Troy, which has a new album due May 1, will open the shows.

The Deftones are touring behind their fifth studio album, "Saturday Night Wrist," which was released last October. The second single from the set, "Mein," is streaming at the group's MySpace page.

Here are the latest Deftones tour dates with Dir En Grey and The Fall of Troy in support: More...

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Deftones Schedule US Tour Dates

Deftones will headline a nationwide US tour this summer after wrapping their international outing.

The Grammy-winning band will kick off domestic dates May 11 in Mesa, AZ, and so far have gigs booked through June, including two-nighters in Albuquerque, New Orleans and Salt Lake City. More shows will be announced soon, according to the group's website. Japanese hard-rockers Dir En Grey and Seattle trio The Fall of Troy, which has a new album due May 1, will open the shows.

Having already made their way through Mexico, South America, Japan and Australia this year, the Deftones are currently playing several countries in Europe. They had to postpone three UK performances this week because frontman Chino Moreno was suffering from an ear-and-throat infection, according to the group's website. Those dates have already been rescheduled for late April.

Last October, the Deftones issued their fifth studio album, "Saturday Night Wrist," which was produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction) and former Far guitarist Shaun Lopez. The second single from the record, "Mein," is streaming at the band's MySpace page.

Here are the Deftones US tour dates with Dir En Grey and The Fall of Troy: More...

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Perth, Australia's Soundwave Festival Report

The SoundWave Festival rolled across Australia this southern hemisphere summer with dates in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth. While billed as an "all day rock and mayhem experience", headliners Deftones and +44 (a band made up of former members of Blink 182) meant the festival was always going to attract a diverse audience. The inclusion of Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, The Bronx and Terror in the lineup ensured a healthy metal contingent was in attendance.

The official web site stated that the capacity of each venue was around 10,000. If this was the case, the Claremont Showgrounds, where the Perth show was held, was not filled to capacity. This meant that the crowd around each of the three stages (one indoor, two outdoor) was quite small - more so considering the licensed areas were fenced off some distance from each stage. The thin crowds meant members of some of the bands playing early sets could be seen wandering around throughout the day, chatting to fans and checking out the other performances. More...

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Man Convicted Of Murder After Korn Concert Death

Michael Scott Axley has been convicted of felony murder and aggravated assault charges after he punched and killed Andy Richardson at the Family Values Tour stop in Atlanta, GA last year.

The victim, 30-year-old Andy Richardson of Atlanta, was attending a concert by KORN at the HiFi Buys Ampitheater. Atlanta police homicide Detective Brett Zimbrick testified at the hearing that Richardson was knocked to the ground by a punch from Axley, fatally hit his head on the concrete floor at the former Lakewood Ampitheater and was punched twice more as he lay unconscious.

UPDATE: As pointed out by moko in the comments (and confirmed by other sources), Axley was indicted on the charges of felony murder and aggravated assault, not convicted.

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Will Haven Complete Production On Track w/ Chino

WILL HAVEN recently finished up tracking a series of new songs with Chino Moreno of Deftones and Shaun Lopez of Far, Revolution Smile fame handling the production. An update on the new tracks, as well as more can be found on their MySpace blog.

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"Family Values Tour 2006" Album Listening Party

AOL Music is hosting an online listening party for the new compilation album 'Family Values Tour 2006', released Tuesday (December 26). The disc features music from Korn, Deftones, 10 Years, Flyleaf, Stone Sour, Deadsy, and more. You can listen to the album in full here.

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Will Haven To Support Deftones On Euro Tour

Will Haven will make a return to touring begining in March when they invade Europe in support of good friends Deftones.

In other news, WILL HAVEN have recently been in pre-production for their new, currently untitled album with Deftones frontman Chino Moreno. WILL HAVEN are currently scheduled to begin recording the new effort at Bieler Bros. Studios in Pompano Beach, FL in February with an eye on a spring/early summer.

Here are the currently announced Deftones and Will Have European tour dates: More...

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Chino and Will Haven In Pre-Production

Deftones singer Chino Moreno is in pre-production in Los Angeles with hardcore-metal band Will Haven. In February, the group will begin recording at Bieler Bros. Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida. The yet-untitled disc is due in late spring or early summer.

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Mnemic To Open for Deftones On 2007 UK Tour

Mnemic are to open for Deftones on their 2007 UK tour. The tour dates are as follows:

March 8 - Liverpool University
March 9 - Leeds University
March 11 - Manchester Academy
March 12 - Glasgow Academy
March 13 - Newcastle Academy
March 14 - Nottingham Rock City
March 15 - Birmingham Academy
March 16 - Norwich UEA
March 18 - Bristol Academy
March 19 - Portsmouth Guildhall
March 20 - London Brixton Academy

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Family Values Tour 2006 CD/DVD E-Card Online

An e-card for 'The Family Values Tour 2006' CD/DVD is now available online. The album and DVD will be sold separately and will hit stores on December 26th.

The Family Values 2006 CD and DVDs feature main stage bands Korn, Deftones, Flyleaf, Stone Sour, Dir En Grey, Deadsy, and 10 Years.

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Deftones On Conan O'Brien, More Tour Dates

Deftones will be the musical guest tomorrow night (December 5th) on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. This marks the band’s first live Television performance in more than 3 years. Check your local listings for air times.

In touring news, a few more international dates have been announced:

2/6/07 – Bogota, Columbia - Palacio des Deportes
2/8/07 – Caracas, Venezuela - Poliedro
2/10/07 - Sao Paolo, Brazil - Via Funchal
2/17/07 – Osaka, Japan – Quattro
2/18/07 – Tokyo, Japan – Zepp
2/19/07 - Nagoya , Japan – Quattro
2/24/07 – Brisban, Australia - Soundwave Festival
2/25/07 – Sydney, Australia - Soundwave Festival
3/3/07 - Perth, Australia - Soundwave Festival

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Glassjaw Return, To Tour With Deftones

The rumors are true - Glassjaw is back and will be touring with Deftones in December. The confirmed tour dates are as follows:

December 14th in Nashville, TN
December 16th in Ft. Worth, TX
December 17th in Tulsa, OK
December 18th in Kansas City, MO
December 19th in Minneapolis, MN
December 31st in New Haven, CT

Venues will be announced shortly.

Glassjaw has been on a break since late 2004 as frontman Daryl Palumbo has been dealing with his ongoing Crohn's Disease problems, touring only on occasion.

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Metal In The Charts For The Week of Nov. 15

The Foo Fighter's new live acoustic album, 'Skin and Bones', debuted at No. 21 on The Billboard Top 200 this week with 49,000 copies sold. Hinder fell from No. 11 to 12 and Evanescence fell from No. 12 to 15. The Deftones, who debuted at No. 10 last week, dropped to No. 46 with 23,000 copies of their latest, 'Saturday Night Wrist', sold.

Ill Nino, Nonpoint and 36 Crazyfists failed to make the chart with each band moving less than 4,000 copies of their new releases.

Sales are up 12% from last week and up less than 1% compared to the same week last year. Overall sales for 2006 are down 5% compared to 2005 with 456.2 million units.

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Deftones Announce More US, Euro Tour Dates

The Deftones have added some more US tour dates in support of Saturday Night Wrist this fall. The new dates for December are:

12/8 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera
12/10 - Cleveland, OH - HOB
12/11 - Detroit, MI - Clutch Cargos
12/13 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
12/14 - Nashville, TN - City Hall
12/17 - Tulsa, OK - Cains
12/18 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
12/19 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave

Tthe band has planned an extensive World Tour, hitting many different countries over a three month span starting February 1st of next year. The UK/European leg is the first the be announced:

3/8/07 – Liverpool, UK – University
3/9/07 – Leeds, UK – University
3/11/07 – Manchester, UK – Academy
3/12/07 – Glasgow, UK – Academy
3/13/07 – Newcastle, UK – Academy
3/14/07 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
3/15/07 – Birmingham, UK – Academy
3/16/07 – Norwich, UK – UEA
3/18/07 – Bristol, UK – Academy
3/19/07 – Portsmouth, UK – Guildhall
3/20/07 – London, UK – Brixton Academy
3/22/07 – Paris, France – Olympia
3/23/07 – Weisbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
3/24/07 – Koln, Germany – E-Werk
3/25/07 – Tillberg, Holland – 013
3/26/07 – Hamburg, Germany – Docks
3/27/07 – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle
3/29/07 – Dortmund , Germany – WesthafallenhalleMark wa
3/30/07 – Dijon, France – Zenith
3/31/07 – Munich, Germany – Elserhalle
4/3/07 - Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus
4/4/07 - Milan, Italy – Alcatrazz
4/6/07 - Clermont-Ferrad, France – Coop de Mai
4/9/07 - Amsterdam , Holland – Paradiso
4/10/07 – Brussels, Belgium – Halles de Schaerbeek

More dates for this run will be announced soon, and the remaining International dates will be revealed in the next few weeks.

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Deftones Debut At No. 10 On Billbaord Top 200

The Deftones have debuted at No. 10 on this weeks Billboard Top 200 chart. The band's latest album, 'Saturday Night Wrist', scanned 76,000 copies. Evanescence and Hinder both fell out of the top 10. Hinder holds the No. 11 slot and Evanescence No. 12.

Sales were up 6.4% from the previous week and down 2% compared to the same week last year. Overall sales for 2006 are down 5% compared to 2005 with 444.2 million units.

In related news, Evanescence's 'The Open Door' has been certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments in excess of one million copies.

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Deftones 'Saturday Night Wrist' Headed For Top 20

According to Hits Daily Double, DEFTONES' new album, "Saturday Night Wrist", is poised to sell between 70,000 and 80,000 copies in the United States during its first week of release to land in the Top 20 of The Billboard 200 chart. The final first-week numbers will be released on Wednesday, November 8.

DEFTONES began work on the disc with PINK FLOYD, ALICE COOPER and JANE'S ADDICTION producer Bob Ezrin, but that relationship did not pan out and the band parted ways with Ezrin in the midst of recording.

"Saturday Night Wrist" follows DEFTONES' self-titled 2003 album and includes the new single "Hole in the Earth".

The group will be featured on the Family Values Tour 2006 CD and DVD, which are both due out on December 26.

DEFTONES began a headlining U.S. tour last week and plays tonight (November 2) in Seattle. The band recently added new dates in five cities, including a second night in Los Angeles on November 10, a Las Vegas show on November 11, a San Antonio stop on November 18, a Boston gig on December 1 and a New York concert on December 5.

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Full CD Streams From Deftones, Hammerfall On AOL

As usual, AOL Music has full CD Streams of some of this week's releases, including the latest from Deftones, Hammerfall and God Dethroned. Here are links to the streams:

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Deftones "Saturday Night Wrist" Listening Party

Ahead of its October 31st release, Deftones' new album 'Saturday Night Wrist' is available for in its entirety streaming in its entirety on their MySpace page. The Deftones are currently touring the US with Deadsy.

Rather than work with longtime producer Terry Date, Deftones decided to record with Bob Ezrin. Cunningham says that while the group enjoyed working with Date, "At this point, we just needed to change things up ... And this is definitely a different style. Working with him (Ezrin) is just putting us fucking upside down. He's cracking the whip."[7] The band has since chosen not to go with Ezrin's production of their work. As of April 7, 2006 the band is finishing recording the album with former Far guitarist Shaun Lopez as producer. Confirmed collaborations on the record include Annie Hardy from Giant Drag on the song 'Pink Cell Phone' and Serj Tankian from System of a Down on the track 'Mein.'

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Close-up Interviews Deftones Frontman

Sweden's Close-Up magazine recently conducted an interview with DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

Close-Up: Why did you first opt to work with producer Bob Ezrin?

Chino: "Well, we didn't have a producer for a while. We were in Malibu writing songs. We rented this house and all lived there. It was in the summer time and right on the beach. We'd wake up and start writing music. We were writing all this music, but we weren't recording it professionally, just recording it so that we could remember the songs. We wanted a producer and we talked to a couple of people. [Former THE CARS frontman] Ric Ocasek was one person we were possibly thinking about working with. Bob Ezrin had called and said he was interested in doing it, so he came down to see us practice and perform. We started playing one of our songs and he stopped us right in the middle. He said 'Stop!' and nobody's ever really told us to stop playing. I could tell he was very militant. He said 'Try this! Try this!' He was very hands-on, wanting to take control right off the top. I thought that might be good for us, because we've never had anyone discipline us in the studio. We just write and do whatever we do, which I think is good for a certain reason. But I thought it would be good to have someone outside of the band give their point of point. It worked up to a certain amount of time. We ended up going to Connecticut and recording all the stuff we had written in Malibu up to that point. We got to vocals and it just didn't work when I started working with him on vocals. We didn't vibe."

Close-Up: I read what Bob Ezrin had to say about it. He pretty much said that you walked out on your band in Connecticut and you ragged on him in the press as well. What was the reason behind the two of you not being able to see eye-to-eye on things?

Chino: "I think he wasn't focused on our record. He didn't really know what was going on. He had too many things going on. We were in Connecticut and he was getting up at eight or sex o' clock in the morning to drive to New York to produce another band he was doing in New York in the day. By the time he got to the studio where we were working, at two or three o' clock in the afternoon, he'd just come in and throw around a couple of opinions. He helped build [PINK FLOYD's] 'The Wall' and make that album. In interviews of his that I read, he said that he actually took the songs and was building an album. That's what I wanted to do, I wanted to build a record together with him, with his help. I thought that's why you hire a producer. You pay them a lot of money to do something other than to sit around and give an opinion. Anyone could do that. It just didn't work. I noticed that from Terry Date to him, it's a completely different person. Terry Date is one of the best engineers in the world. You sit with him and I'll say 'I really want this to sound like this' and I'll play him a DEPECHE MODE song or something 'See this, where his vocals are?" and in two minutes he'll make it sound like that. That's how Terry Date works and that's what I like about him. I think, with the creative part of the band, it wasn't working with Bob. Some of the music we wrote that we recorded was good, but I don't think we were ready to put out a record yet. The songs that we had, the excitement wasn't there. It felt like we were just making a record to make a record. It wasn't fun at all and I kinda went 'I'm done with it'. At the time, with TEAM SLEEP it was so creative and I didn't have to worry about making… At the time, nobody [in DEFTONES] really cared that much, so I didn't really cared that much. We weren't really talking that much and I thought 'Why am I sitting here working on this record that nobody really fucking cares about?' So I went and did TEAM SLEEP shit and it calmed a lot of the tension in the band. I mean, I didn't know if there was gonna be a DEFTONES anymore. I don't think they knew and I honestly didn't care.

Close-Up: If you take Bob's version, it was him and the band on one side and you on the other.

Chino: "No, Bob didn't get along with Abe and Abe didn't get along with Bob. He's just really bossy. He's an asshole, that's the only way I can explain it!"

Close-Up: Another way to put it is that he's an old-school producer from an era when the producer was the star.

Chino: "I guess so, but he wasn't shining like a star. He wasn't bringing anything to the table. If he would've had one idea where I'd say 'Oh, that's great!'… But it wasn't like that. To me it seemed like there was no fire behind him and that's usually not what I expect. From Terry Date, I expect him to come fire us up. We are our own fire, but I figured 'We're paying a producer a lot of money and it isn't working, so I'll do this shit on my own.'"

Close-Up: Abe has likened this album to "White Pony".

Chino: "That's because it's a really diverse album, just like "White Pony" was. The musical parts on it are really good. It's not just riffs and parts where people can jump up and down and shit. We took our time making it."

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