Deftones Benefit Shows A Tremendous Success
December 22, 2009
On November 19 and 20, 2009 hard rock pioneers Deftones hosted two special benefit shows at the intimate Avalon in Hollywood, CA for their bassist, Chi Cheng. Joined by a handful of their peers from near and far, both shows featured entirely unique sets with Deftones performing songs from all five of their prior releases as well as some fan favorite covers. The aim was to raise funds for the ongoing care of Cheng who has been in a semi-conscious state since Nov, 2008 due to severe head injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Unannounced guests such as Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park), Slayer's Dave Lombardo, Daron Malakian, John Dolmayan, Shavo Odajian (System of A Down), Cypress Hill, Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Max Cavalera (Sepultura), Xzibit, Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Ben Kenney (Incubus), Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan), Johan Matranga, Chris Robyn, Shaun Lopez (Far) and more showed up in support of their good friend in time of need. The resultant, emotionally-charged shows raised funds and activated fans to unite in their heartfelt contribution toward an important cause.

Additionally, over 60 artists and organizations stepped up to donate collectable items for an online auction. Key contributors included: Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, My Chemical Romance, System of a Down, Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, HIM, Rise Against, Blink 182, Live Nation and Goldenvoice. The combined efforts allowed Deftones to raise close to 100K.

The fact remains that Chi still needs our help as medical expenses continue to mount while he remains incapacitated. Please visit the provided websites for further information and support of Chi Ling Cheng Special Needs Trust.

Deftones will release a new record this coming April.

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Deftones To Perform Two Benefit Shows For Chi
November 17, 2009
Deftones, one of the world's most respected and influential hard rock bands will perform two very special benefit concerts at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA, this week to raise money for the Chi Ling Cheng Special Needs Trust. The trust has been set up to help pay for the growing medical costs required for Deftones beloved bassist Cheng's survival and long-term recovery. Cheng was involved in a serious car accident on November 2nd, 2008 that has left him in a semi-conscious state for the past year.

The two benefit concerts will take place this Thursday and Friday November 19th and 20th at the Avalon, 1735 Vine St., Los Angeles. Tickets for Friday's show are currently on sale. For those who cannot attend, an online auction has been established through Charity Buzz as a way to provide opportunities for fans to donate to the Trust. The auction commences today, November 17th. More details on the way soon. Please check for more information.

Your support is greatly appreciated.
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Machine Head's Dave McClain Contributes To "A Song For Chi"
August 30, 2009
In support of Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who has been in a coma since a severe car crash in late 2008, and his family, Machine Head's Dave McClain and members of Metallica, Korn, Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Sevendust, Hatebreed and more have all collaborated on a song to raise money to help pay for medical expenses.

Visit A Song For Chi to watch the videos, download the song, and most importantly donate whatever you can, if you can, to help the cause. For the most up-to-date info on Chi and his condition, visit
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Mnemic Supporting Deftones In UK Only
December 26, 2006
Due to "personal scheduling conflicts," Danish metallers Mnemic will not be able to support the Deftones on their entire European tour as previously announced. Instead Mnemic will only be doing the U.K. Deftones dates, which are scheduled to kick off in early March.

Commented Mnemic in a statement: "Any fans on mainland Europe looking forward to finally seeing us there live, don't worry we'll be back in May/June 2007 for a full-blown headliner tour!"

Mnemic supporting the Deftones:

Mar. 08 - Liverpool (UK) Unisversity
Mar. 09 - Leeds (UK) University
Mar. 11 - Manchester (UK) Academy
Mar. 12 - Glasgow (UK) Academy
Mar. 13 - Newcastle (UK) Academy
Mar. 14 - Nottingham (UK) Rock City
Mar. 15 - Birmingham (UK) Academy
Mar. 16 - Norwich (UK) UEA
Mar. 18 - Bristol (UK) Academy
Mar. 19 - Portsmouth (UK) Guildhall
Mar. 20 - London (UK) Brixton Academy

As previously reported, Mnemic recently posted a new 30-second teaser clip for their upcoming album, 'Passenger', which is due out on February 6, 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records. Check it out at this location.
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Will Haven In Pre-Production With Chino Moreno
December 10, 2006
According to, 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 via Bieler Bros. Records. The CD will mark the group's first release since 2001's critically acclaimed 'Carpe Diem'.

In an early 2006 interview with The Sacramento Bee, the Will Haven members discussed their break-up in 2003 and their decision to reunite nearly three years later.

The band got together in mid-December 2005, but no one was sure if that first rehearsal would click. All of the original band members were on board, including drummer Mitch Wheeler, plus Ghostride guitarist Cayle Hunter.

"When Grady [Avenell, vocals] came in, there was some apprehension at first," said guitarist Jeff Irwin. "We weren't sure how he'd come across. But when he started singing again, it was like the old days again. This is Grady's calling right here. His cadence was right on, his voice was perfect."
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