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Formed: 1989
From: Sacramento, CA, United States
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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"
"FM"
"Beware"
"Cherry Waves"
"Mein"
"Interlude"
"Tilde"
"Rats"
"Pink Cellphone"
"Combat"
"The Earth"
"Comanche"

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Deftones Announce New Album Release Date

The Deftones are now reportedly eyeing a Halloween, October 31st release date through Maverick for their new album "Saturday Night Wrist".

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Korn Ask Witnesses To Come Forward After Death

Korn offered their condolences Wednesday (August 2) to the family of Andy Richardson, who was beaten during a stop on their Family Values Tour on Sunday night and died on Tuesday from the injuries.

"All the bands on the Family Values Tour offer their sincerest condolences and prayers to the family of 30-year-old Andy Richardson," read Korn's statement.

Richardson was beaten by two men at the concert and fell, seriously injuring his head. He was then taken to a local hospital and declared brain-dead by doctors following the incident at Atlanta's HiFi Buys Amphitheatre on the second stop of this year's Family Values Tour.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Richardson was pronounced dead at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, though his body was being kept alive to find recipients for his organs. Eddie Arellano, a friend of Richardson's who attended the show with him, said Richardson had been confronted earlier in the evening by a rowdy group of men who were "just way too drunk. They had too many fights." One of the men tumbled down a hill and crashed into Richardson's group of friends, which WSB-TV reported included a pregnant woman and a mentally impaired child.

Another friend told the paper that a brief scuffle ensued and the men returned later and took Richardson's baseball hat. "When they took his hat he stood up and said, 'We've already had a fight. I don't want to have any problems,' " Arellano said. "The guy threw the hat back at him. And when he [Richardson] caught it, the guy hit him in the face and he [Richardson] hit the ground and hit the concrete with the back of his head. He just collapsed." Arellano said the person who threw the punch then ran off with his friend.

According to Korn's statement, the incident occurred during the Deftones set, "before tour headliners Korn took the stage. Korn are appalled at the actions of these men and are imploring anyone who witnessed this senseless act or has any information about the attack to please immediately come forward by contacting local authorities."

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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More Details In Korn Concert Beating

Andy Richardson, who was badly beaten in a fight at a Family Values concert, has since passed. More details about the events that lead to the fight and his death have been revealed. Here are some excerpts from an AZCentral article adding to what had already been reported here:

"We just went out there to have a good night," said one friend, Eddie Arellano. "It was starting off fun. And then this whole thing turned into a nightmare."

According to Arellano and others at the concert, there was a group of rowdy men at the show.

"These guys were just way too drunk. They had too many fights," Arellano said.

Earlier in the evening, some of the rowdies tumbled down a hill, crashing into Richardson and his friends. There was a brief scuffle, according to Bernice Averil, who was in Richardson's group. A little later, the rowdies returned and one of them snatched Richardson's cap.

"When they took his hat he stood up and said 'We've already had a fight. I don't want to have any problems,' " Arellano said, describing the moments just before the punch. "The guy threw the hat back at him. And when he (Richardson) caught it, the guy hit him in the face and he hit the ground and hit the concrete with the back of his head. He just collapsed.

"His face was bloody. It was bad. It was horrible," said Arellano, who was Richardson's roommate.

The person who threw the punch and that person's friend ran off, Arellano said.

Atlanta police spokesman Officer Steve Coleman said homicide detectives "have people of interest" but no arrests had been made. Police have a "vague description" of the person who threw the punch, according to Sgt. Kevin Iosty.

Jack Gannon, a spokesman for House of Blues, a California-based company that has a sponsorship deal with what's now called HiFi Buys Amphitheater, said the incident was "unfortunate and tragic" and that the company is "cooperating fully with the Atlanta Police Department investigation."

Read the full article at AZ Central.

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Headline News

Man Badly Beaten At Family Values Concert

A 30-year-old man who was beaten in the mosh pit at the Family Values show at Atlanta's Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheater on Sunday night is hospitalized and on life support after being declared brain dead. According to Atlanta's WSB-TV, 30-year-old Andy Richardson is in critical condition following the fight, during which two unidentified men attacked him in the mosh pit after Richardson asked the men to be careful not to hurt his pregnant girlfriend and a mentally challenged child they had with them.

"Can you imagine your child goes to a concert and be killed for it, because of people out there fighting to have a quote unquote good time?" Richardson's mom, Gloria told the station. "And I'm angry. I'm very angry. Why were the police not there to stop them?"

A friend of Richardson's who attended the Korn-headlined show with him, Edgar Arellano, said the fight broke out after Richardson asked the men to be careful, but it ended soon after that and the men left the area. "We were all enjoying the concert, we were having a good time, until these two guys came around," Arellano said, adding that the men showed up again and one of them punched Richardson in the head, knocking him head first onto the concrete.

"He was unconscious. He had blood all over his face when I picked him up," Arellano said.

WSB-TV reported that homicide investigators are looking into the beating, but have only a vague description of the suspects. A spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department could not be reached for comment at press time. A spokesperson for the amphitheater could not be reached for comment.

Richardson's mother said her son is brain dead and on life support and is not expected to live.

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Korn Setlist For Family Values Tour And More

KORN officially resurrected the Family Values tour last night (Saturday, July 29) in Antioch, Tennessee, with a line-up featuring DEFTONES, 10 YEARS, STONE SOUR, FLYLEAF and others. The group's setlist was as follows:

01. Intro
02. Right Now
03. Politics
04. Twist
05. Love Song
06. A.D.I.D.A.S.
07. Falling Away From Me
08. Ball Tounge
09. Lodi Dodi
10. Coming Undone
11. Got The Life
12. Throw Me Away
13. Shoots & Ladders
14. Wicked
15. Here To Stay
16. Thoughtless
17. Freak On A Leash
18. Hollow Life (Acoustic)
19. Twisted Transistor
20. Y'all Want A Single
21. Blind

According to KornUnleashed.net, highlights of the show included:

* Chino Moreno of the DEFTONES and Jonathan Davis playing "Wicked" for the first time in over six years.
* KORN leaving the stage and coming in the middle of the crowd to perform an acoustic set of "Hollow Life".
* The Family Values 2006 tour drew more people than any other event held at the Starwood Amphitheater.
* STONE SOUR performing "Through Glass" live for the first time ever.

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Deftones To Tour Japan, Add One More US Date

Deftones will be traveling to Japan this August to play a few shows while the Family Values Tour takes a small break. It will be the first time the band has played Japan in over 2 years. The Japanese tour dates are as follows:

Aug 10 – Tokyo, Japan – O-East (Headline)
Aug 12 – Tokyo, Japan – Summer Sonic Festival
Aug 13 – Osaka, Japan – Summer Sonic Festival

In US tour news, Deftones have added a headline show at Floyd’s Music Store in Tallahassee, FL August 1, 2006.

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Peeping Tom Added To Family Values Tour

According to a posting on the KORN fan site KornUnleashed.net, PEEPING TOM — the new project of Mike Patton (FAITH NO MORE, MR. BUNGLE, TOMAHAWK, FANTOMAS) — has been added to The Family Values Tour 2006. The band will reportedly join the tour's second-stage lineup along with already confirmed acts 10 YEARS, BURY YOUR DEAD, BULLETS AND OCTANE and DEADSY.

The Family Values Tour 2006 billing is now shaping up as follows:

Main Stage:

KORN
DEFTONES
STONE SOUR
FLYLEAF
DIR EN GREY

Second Stage:

10 YEARS
BURY YOUR DEAD
BULLETS AND OCTANE
DEADSY
PEEPING TOM

With the addition of a second stage and many top rock acts, fans will get even greater value from the Live Nation-produced Family Values Tour, as the festival features $9.99 lawn tickets and value-priced seating available at every outdoor amphitheatre along the tour route, making it one of the hottest tickets of the summer.

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Dagoba To Open For Deftones in France

DAGOBA has been announced as the opening act for two DEFTONES shows in France:

Paris, Zénith, May 30th
Lille, Aéronef, May 31st

Dagoba has just wrapped up a 35 date tour across Europe with IN FLAMES and SEPULTURA.

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Kerrang Release 25th Anniversary CD In June Issue

"Kerrang! Magazine" will be celebrating their 25th birthday with a new compilation CD that will be given away with its June 06th issue (in UK stores on May 31st). Entitled "High Voltage", the CD will see various contemporary bands cover classic rock and metal songs, 10 of which were recorded exclusively for the CD. The track listing for the outing is as follows:
01 - Fall Out Boy - "Start Today" (Gorilla Biscuits cover)
02 - Aiden - "Die, Die My Darling" (The Misfits cover) (exclusive)
03 - Avenged Sevenfold - "Walk" (Pantera cover) (exclusive)
04 - Killswitch Engage - "Holy Diver" (Dio cover) (exclusive)
05 - Biffy Clyro - "Buddy Holly" (Weezer cover) (exclusive)
06 - Fightstar - "My Own Summer (Shove It)" (Deftones cover) (exclusive)
07 - The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Jesus Christ Pose" (Soundgarden cover) (exclusive)
08 - Still Remains - "Head Like A Hole" (Nine Inch Nails cover) (exclusive)
09 - Deftones - "Simple Man" (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
10 - The Answer - "Sweet Emotion" (Aerosmith cover) (exclusive)
11 - Bullet For My Valentine - "Crazy Train" (Ozzy Osbourne cover) (exclusive)
12 - 36 Crazyfists - "Digging The Grave" (Faith No More cover) (exclusive)
13 - Arch Enemy - "Symphony Of Destruction" (Megadeth cover)
14 - Atreyu - "You Give Love A Bad Name" (Bon Jovi cover)
15 - NOFX - "Straight Edge" (Minor Threat cover)

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Taste of Chaos, Masters of Chaos Photos Online

We've got new photos from the Taste of Chaos Tour and Masters of Chaos tour. The Taste of Chaos photos are coutesy of Scott Legato from the show in Dayton, Ohio featuring the Deftones, As I Lay Dying, Atreyu, Story Of The Year, Thrice, dredg, Pelican, and Funeral For A Friend. The Masters of Chaos photos are courtesy of Gothique, from the show in Worchester, Massachussetts featuring Morbid Angel, Krisiun, Behemoth and Despised Icon.
You can check them both out in the photo gallery.

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Family Values Tour Details, Cities Revealed

As previously reported, Korn and The Deftones are heading up the ressurected Family Values Tour, started and headlined by Korn eight years ago. This year's tour is said to have a second stage for the first time, with acts yet to be announced. The main stage will be rounded out by Stone Sour, Flyleaf and Dir En Grey, who Davis described as "this crazy Japanese band that are just out of their minds." Lawn tickets will be $9.99 at each stop.

MTV.com has some more detail and commentary by Jonathan Davis and Deftones frontman Chino Moreno:

"The first [Family Values] with us on it was the best, and we just decided, let's do this again," Korn singer Jonathan Davis said of 1998's outing with Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube, Rammstein and Orgy. "We're gonna break out the old Family Values stuff we got in storage and really put on a cool show."

"No band can go down to $9.99 and do the production and that kind of stuff that we're doing, but the deal we did [becoming equal partners with EMI and promoters Live Nation] allows us to be able to do that, which is really cool," Davis said. "I don't want to slap bands for making their ticket prices so high, 'cause I understand production and that stuff costs a lot. ... But Madonna's are like 300 bucks a ticket. I can't even believe that. Ten bucks for a show is ridiculous, and I think kids that aren't Korn fans will wanna go just to check out other bands or just go to have a good time."

Having a good time will also be a priority for Korn, who will balance their intense sets with a lot of backstage hanging out.

"We haven't toured with [the Deftones] since '97 or '96, and we're really excited," Davis said. "We love those guys. We started out together. Literally it was us and them, and back in the day we used to drive to Sacramento [California] and play at their home clubs. And they would drive to Huntington Beach and play the clubs we'd play, so we've been friends for a long, long time, and it's cool to be back together again and sharing the same stage."

Tour dates for the 30-city Family Values Tour have not been announced yet, but organizers have released a list of cities: More...

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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Korn, Deftones To Bring Back Family Values Tour


KORN and DEFTONES will be teaming up for the resurrected Family Values tour late summer/early fall, according to official MySpace bulletins posted by both bands earlier today.

The Family Values Tour was created by KORN in 1998 with the intention of making it an annual trek. KORN headlined the first tour, then passed the headlining spot to LIMP BIZKIT in 1999. The tour took the year off in 2000 due to heavy competition.

Since the tour started, many bands have featured on the bill, such as INCUBUS, ORGY, LIMP BIZKIT, ICE CUBE, RAMMSTEIN, PRIMUS, STAIND, METHOD MAN & REDMAN, THE CRYSTAL METHOD, FILTER, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, LINKIN PARK, STATIC-X, and DEADSY.

Guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer recently hinted that the tour may return when he spoke to Launch Radio Networks.

"We're trying to put together something similar to, like, a Family Values kind of a thing," he said. "We don't know if we're gonna call it that or not, but we wanna put together something sort of a festival feel, where there's four bands on the main stage and then there's four or five bands on a side stage. We want to make our own Kornfest type of thing."

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Deftones Set A Fall Release Date For New Album

Launch Radio Networks reports: DEFTONES has set September 12 as the release date for its fifth album, the band's management has told Launch. No title has been revealed yet for the disc, which the band has been working on for the better part of two years. Drummer Abe Cunningham recently told Billboard.com that internal strife nearly broke DEFTONES apart during the making of the record, saying, "I don't want to sit here and complain because these things happen to everyone, but if there was a VH1 'Behind The Music' special on us, it would be the perfect episode."

The group originally began working on the project with legendary ALICE COOPER and PINK FLOYD producer Bob Ezrin, but replaced him with its regular producer, Terry Date.

The recording process was also halted while singer Chino Moreno toured with his side band, TEAM SLEEP.

DEFTONES are currently on the Taste Of Chaos tour with THRICE, ATREYU, STORY OF THE YEAR and others. The trek is in its final week and stops tomorrow night (Saturday, April 8) in Saskatoon, Canada.

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