New Benefit Planned For DEFTONES Bassist

January 12, 2011

According to The Pulse Of Radio, a two-night benefit event for injured DEFTONES bassist Chi Cheng will be held this Friday and Saturday (January 14 and January 15) at the Slidebar in Fullerton, California. This is the second time the venue has worked with the One Love For Chi organization, having staged a similar benefit in 2010. Guests expected to perform this time include members of SHINEDOWN, PAPA ROACH, ANEW REVOLUTION, P.O.D., ATREYU, ANTHRAX, ex-KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch and others.

DEFTONES drummer Abe Cunningham told The Pulse Of Radio recently that benefits for Cheng have been ongoing since his accident. "People are just doing little shows, you know, around the world, you know, and every little bit helps too so it's an amazing thing," he said. "But we're doing a dollar from every ticket on this whole run of our stuff, you know, so it's going in...but there's a lot of love still pouring out, you know, and it's a beautiful thing."

Cheng was injured in a car accident in northern California in November 2008 and has remained hospitalized in what doctors have called a "minimally conscious" state.

The One Love for Chi organization has raised funds to meet the growing costs of Cheng's medical bills. The bassist was dropped by his insurance company shortly after the accident.

Tickets for the Slidebar benefit will be available through eBay auction only, in packages of two and four tickets. All proceeds are going directly toward Cheng's care, treatment and recovery.

DEFTONES will begin a new North American tour on April 14 in Seattle, wrapping up in mid-May with two gigs in New York City.

The band is touring behind its sixth album, "Diamond Eyes", which came out last May. The CD's latest single, "You've Seen The Butcher", recently cracked the Top 15 at rock radio.

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