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Deftones Update On Chi's Condition, "Eros" Material Put On Hold

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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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10 Comments on "Deftones Update On Chi's Condition, Studio Work"

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1. jimbo writes:

"product"? i'm not try'n to dis but product? has it been this long??? i can't help but feel a lil' alice in chains irony here. i love both, but can we truly hope for a deftones album without chi anymore than we can AIC without layne?? i'm truly not trying to piss anyone off here. please help me to understand.

# Jun 24, 2009 @ 3:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. jimbo again writes:

does anyone else feel like metal is dying. i'm not accusing , i just feel like no one really has the passion anymore. it breaks my heart to think that the rage and ferocity that liberated me from the normality of everyday bullsh** seems to be lost on mediocrity. PLEASE prove me wrong.

# Jun 24, 2009 @ 3:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. deathbringer writes:

You're on the right site to be proven wrong. Try looking elsewhere than Deftones articles and there are plenty of other good and great metal bands cropping up all the time. I think it's common that people go through a rut with their metal or musical tastes, but you just need to look to find more of what you like or discover something entirely new that will please you.

# Jun 24, 2009 @ 8:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. ten writes:

So...no Eros but they have almost completed a new album? I don't quite understand what they are saying...is a new album with a different title coming out sometime soon or are they just now starting over from scratch?

# Jun 24, 2009 @ 9:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. That_One_Guy writes:

ten -- What it sounds like to me is that they're doing different material for a new album and "Eros" will be finished up and released at a later date (presumably when/if Chi recovers).

# Jun 24, 2009 @ 12:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. ten writes:

Thanks One Guy.. I am just wondering how long until they put out a new album. It has been too long since SNW already. I guess we'll just have to wait and see

# Jun 24, 2009 @ 1:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Jaowel writes:

Jimbo_Again - You're looking at metal in the wrong place. Try broadening your bands geographical locations...

# Jun 24, 2009 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Blindgreed1 writes:

jimbo: Its the music BUSINESS. There will be an AIC without Layne and AIC will be heavier as a result. Deftones are contracted to release an album with or without Chi. Failure to produce an album will result in a breach of contract, loss of a label and compensation payments for work the label has already paid out to Deftones to produce.

NP: Ruin - LOG

# Jun 24, 2009 @ 5:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. utoad9 writes:

Although they deny it, it sounds as though they want to get the new bass player in on writing and playing on new material. I can't say that this is a bad call,however I'll bet Eros will turn out to be a pretty good album when it is finally released. Bands tend to be at their most creative when they face adversity. Let's hope Chi recovers fully. From what I understand, its still kinda touch and go. I can't imagine spending 7 months in a coma/semi coma. My thoughts go out to his family...

NP: Fates Warning - Parallel Lines

# Jun 25, 2009 @ 11:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Jamez writes:

Good stuff guys. "Too bad about Chi. Oh, by the way, there's a new album coming up!"
Nice one...

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