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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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Deftones Performing At Virgin Megastore In-Store

Deftones will be performing at the Virgin Megastore at Hollywood and Highland on October 30th at 11pm! STARTING October 20th, stop in to Virgin Hollywood & Highland, pre-order Saturday Night Wrist and get a wristband to the exclusive album-release performance. You must have a wristband to attend. There will only be room for 500 people, so get on it fast as spots will be sure to fill up immediately.

For those Deftones fans in the UK, the commercial single and maxi will be released this Monday, October 16th. The single and maxi feature never before released live versions of “My Own Summer (Shove It)” and “Hexagram” from a US radio session recorded earlier this year during the Taste of Chaos Tour. The complete track listing is below:

CD Single
1. Hole in the Earth
2. Hexagram (Live)

Maxi CD
1. Hole in the Earth
2. My Own Summer (Shove It)
3. Hole in the Earth (video)

“Hole in the Earth” will be kicking off tomorrow night’s edition of Headbanger’s Ball. Check local listings for air times.

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Deftones Release New Track Online

The Deftones have post a new track off of their lastest album onto their myspace page. The track "Beware" off of Saturday Night Wrist can be heard here.

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The Deftones To Head Down Under With Thrice

The Deftones and Thrice are reportedly planning to tour Australia together next year. The Deftones will release their new album "Saturday Night Wrist" through Warner on October 31st.

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Complete Deftones, Deadsy Tour Dates

The following is a complete listing of the Deadsy/Deftones tour as of current on the Deftones website:

October 26 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Coca Cola Bricktown Event Center
October 28 - El Paso, TX @ El Paso County Coliseum
October 29 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
November 2 - Seattle, WA @ The Fenix
November 3 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
November 4 - Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
November 7 - Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theatre
November 8 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
November 9 - Hollywood, CA @ The Avalon
November 11 - Las Vegas, NV @ KXTE Holiday Havoc Show
November 12 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
November 13 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto
November 14 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
November 16 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
November 17 - Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
November 18 - San Antonio, TX @ Sunset Station
November 19 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
November 21 - Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing
November 22 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
November 24 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
November 25 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
November 26 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
November 28 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Millenium Center
November 29 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
December 1 - Boston, MA @ Avalon Ballroom
December 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
December 4 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
December 5 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre

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Deftones Announce More Tour Dates

More dates have been announced for Deftones Fall 2006 Headline Tour. Here's the latest update:

11/17 – Austin, TX – Music Hall
11/19 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
11/21 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
11/22 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
11/24 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
11/25 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
11/26 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
12/2 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
12/4 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

In International touring news, Deftones will be headlining a very special show at the Electric Ballroom in London on October 12th.

Due to some technical difficulties, the "Hole in the Earth" video wasn't able to premiere this past Friday. However, it's up now.

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New Deftones Track Online

The Deftones' new track "Rapture" has been made available online for a limited time at www.myspace.com/deftones. The song will be featured on the groups new album "Saturday Night Wrist"

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Deftones' Video Online and More Fall Dates

The world premiere of Deftones' new video for “Hole in the Earth” began today, Friday September 21st and will run throughout the weekend exclusively at MySpace.

The Deftones' fall 2006 tour continues to come together with the next group of dates starting on November 17. The complete list of announced tour dates follows: More...

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Update on Deftones Fall Club Tour

The Deftones' upcoming tour in support of their new album "Saturday Night Wrist" (coming October 31st. ) will be an intimate theater and club run beginning in late October. Over the next few weeks they will be unveiling all of the dates and on-sale information. The first set of Detones tour dates are announced below with Deadsy as support:

10/29 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
11/2 – Seattle, WA – The Fenix
11/4 – Chico, CA – Senator Theater
11/7 – Ventura, CA – Majestic Ventura Theatre
11/12 – San Diego, CA – Soma
11/13 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater – Tucson
11/14 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre

Tickets for these shows will go on-sale through Ticketmaster this Saturday, September 23 at 10am PST, except the 11/7 show In Ventura which will go on-sale an hour later, at 11am PST.

Deftones will also be performing at the LG Action Sports Championships October 27 at Reunion Arena in Dallas, TX. Tickets go on sale to the public this Saturday.

In other Deftones news, the band recently completed the “Hole in the Earth” video. More details to come.

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Deftones Announce Dates In Support Of New Album

Dates have begun to roll out for the Deftones' upcoming fall headlining run with Deadsy, here's the stops so far:
October 29th Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
November 02nd Seattle, WA - The Fenix
November 04th Chico, CA - Senator Theater
November 07th Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theatre
November 12th San Diego, CA - Soma
November 13th Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
November 14th Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
The group are touring in support of their impending new album "Saturday Night Wrist", which will make its way to stores on October 31st.

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Deftones' "Saturday Night Wrist" Artwork Revealed

The cover of the Deftones' upcoming album, "Saturday Night Wrist," has been posted online here. "Saturday Night Wrist" is expected in stores this Halloween.

For those of you who can’t wait until October 31st to own new Deftones music, you can download the first singe, “Hole in the Earth,” on iTunes now.

Inrelated news, Deftones just wrapped shooting the video for “Hole in the Earth” in New York last week. The video will air in about two weeks from now (premiere info coming soon). In the meantime, you can hear the track on their online media player here.

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14 Arrested At Family Values Concert In Winsconsin

Janesville, Wisconsin's The Janesville Gazette reports that the Walworth County Sheriff's Department patrol division and drug unit made a combined 14 criminal arrests at Saturday's (August 26) Family Values Tour concert at Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, WI.

Three were arrested for resisting arrest, and five for possession of marijuana and two for disorderly conduct. Other arrests included a probation violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cocaine and an outstanding warrant.

More than 120 tickets were handed out, including 20 for underage drinking and 18 for speeding. The drug unit ticketed 65 for possessing marijuana.

About 15,000 people attended the all-day music festival, which featured KORN and the DEFTONES as the headlining acts.

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The Beatles Go Metal?

On October 24, 2006, Restless Records will release "Butchering The Beatles" — featuring the biggest, the baddest, the heaviest all-star line-up ever assembled to honor what is arguably the greatest band ever — THE BEATLES. All-in-all, over 50 internationally known recording artists bring their unique bone-crushing slant to these remarkable songs. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and ace engineer Brett Chassen, "Butchering The Beatles" features 12 new, ass-kicking versions of THE BEATLES' chart-topping hits, including "Hey Jude", "I Feel Fine" and "Day Tripper", plus the more esoteric "Hey Bulldog", barked out by the legendary Alice Cooper and "Tomorrow Never Knows", uniquely interpreted by the iconic Billy Idol, alongside classic concept songs like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Magical Mystery Tour".

When asked by Guitar Player magazine what possessed him to go all metal on THE BEATLES, Bob Kulick stated that, "BEATLES songs are the Holy Grail. They're the best rock songs ever written. These new recordings are totally faithful, yet completely different. Billy Gibbons singing 'Revolution' or (MOTÖRHEAD frontman) Lemmy singing 'Back In The USSR' are not exactly Paul McCartney or John Lennon. And of course, the guitar solo sections were lengthened to accommodate all the artists' solo styles."

"Butchering The Beatles" track listing: More...

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Deftones Post New Song Online

A brand new DEFTONES song, entitled "Hole in the Earth", has been posted online at the band's MySpace page. The track is the first single off the band's upcoming album, "Saturday Night Wrist", due on October 31 through Maverick. The follow-up to 2003's "Deftones" features guest appearances by SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian on the track "Mein" and Annie Hardy of GIANT DRAG on "Pink Cellphone".

With regards to the new material's musical direction, DEFTONES drummer Abe Cunningham told Billboard.com earlier in the year, "Actually, if you look at our last record, I refer to it as 'Dark Days' because that's basically what it was. It's kind of an incomplete record from my viewpoint. I think it's a good record [with] a lot of good songs but the new album, from start to finish, is a very complete record and has all of the extremes that we like. I'd say it's kind of hard." More...

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Deftones' "Saturday Night Wrist" Tracklisting

Billboard.com reports: The Deftones will break a three-year silence on October 31 with fifth studio album, "Saturday Night Wrist." The 12-track set features a guest appearance from System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian on "Mein" and Giant Drag frontwoman Annie Hardy on the electronica-tinged "Pink Cellphone."

Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham told Billboard.com in February that the band nearly broke up while soldiering through "Saturday Night Wrist," which he describes as "a very complete record."

"If there was a VH1 'Behind the Music' special on us, it would be the perfect episode with divorces and all kinds of crap," he said. "It was just lack of communication. Thankfully, we've been reattaching our limbs."

The album kicks off with the detuned riff-fest "Hole in the Earth" and is further highlighted by heavy, melodic tracks such as "Cherry Waves," the punishing "Combat" and "Rats," which careens from screamed verses to a less in-your-face chorus. The set also features an instrumental, "Interlude."

The Deftones are in the midst of the Family Values tour with Korn.

Here is the track list for "Saturday Night Wrist":

"Hole in the Earth"
"Cherry Waves"
"Pink Cellphone"
"The Earth"

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