Deftones is a rock band from California that has been around since the late 80’s. If you are having a problem figuring out which band they are you might recognize them from the song that was on the soundtrack to The Matrix, “My Own Summer (Shove it).” If you click the link you can listen to it on YouTube.
Anyway, I just found out that the band is re-recording their recent album (that has yet to come out) in order to do the tracks without bassist, Chi Cheng. When I heard this I automatically assumed that he had left the band or there was some type of break-up but in all actuality the news is more grim and much worse. Turns out I was wayyyy behind the news. Novemeber 4, 2008 Chi Cheng got in a serious accident and was severely injured. As a result of the car accident, Cheng fell into a coma and is in tha same state today. (If you are a fan and want to keep up with news on Cheng, check out the band’s MySpace, they regularly update the blog section.) On January 9th of 2009 the band announced that Cheng had not made any progress and that Sergio Vego would take Cheng‘s spot temporarily.
Yesterday it was announced on their official web page that the album Eros will be delayed, but didn’t give any official release date. They said that “we realized that this record doesn’t best encompass and represent who we are currently as people and as musicians … 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“. They also said: “The decision to hold off on releasing Eros has no connection with Chi’s condition or anything associated“.
I can’t help but wonder if this is the right decision. I would think that most fans would want the band to release the original version with Chi. Afterall, the whole album originally has tracks with him on it. Why redo it? Well, I guess they answered that in the statement but…still. Are they going to do it with a NEW bassist or just entirely without bass? Probably with the new bass player and I can’t help but take a little offense to that…
(go to http://www.oneloveforchi.com for the fundraiser for Chi)