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Deftones - Hole in the Earth [Chi Cheng's original bass track] R.I.P.

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R.I.P. Chi Cheng
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"Remembering the loudly quiet life of Deftones' Chi Cheng" by Chris Macias, for The Sac Bee.


On stage, he was a beast of a bassist, whipping his long, sweaty dreadlocks around as he pummeled through songs such as "My Own Summer (Shove It)." Offstage, he was more likely to channel Charles Bukowski, penning poetry with Gustav Mahler symphonies playing in the background.

That's how many in the music world will remember the yin-yang personality of Chi Cheng. He lived his life like a classic Deftones song: thoughtfully quiet in one moment, furiously explosive the next. The widely admired bassist for Deftones, the Grammy-winning rock band from Sacramento, died April 13 from injuries sustained in a November 2008 car accident. He was 42 years old.

Immediately after his death, tributes to Cheng flooded social media. Those included tweets of remembrance from rock stars of the highest order: Former Guns N' Roses members Slash and Duff McKagan, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, No Doubt's Tony Kanal, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda, Cypress Hill's B-Real, Skrillex and others. "Rest in Peace Chi Cheng. You fought the good fight," read a tweet from Duran Duran.

Deftones fans from around the world, meanwhile, left thousands of R.I.P. posts for Cheng on Facebook. The outpourings came from such far-flung locales as Thailand, Russia and South America. Cheng had called Sacramento home for the past two decades and was beloved both for his rock star status and for the positivity he strove to bring in the world. He was a practicing Buddhist who sometimes draped a Tibetan flag over his bass cabinet.

He held a poetry reading with proceeds going toward Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He volunteered and jammed with the kids at the Wind Center for local homeless youths. Cheng always had the heart of a beatnik. While other rock stars might have blown some of their record advance money on fast cars and other hijinks, Cheng splurged on rare Bukowski manuscripts.

He studied creative writing and art at California State University, Sacramento, before Deftones started blowing up the hard-rock circuit in the early 1990s. Cheng released a poetry CD, "The Bamboo Parachute," in 2000.

"Writing was always more natural to me," said Cheng, in a 2005 interview with The Bee. "I've always been a poet that's been in a band, vs. being a band guy that wants to be a poet." Cheng tended to downplay his musicianship, saying he got his Deftones gig more for his looks than guitar skills.

But Cheng lacked neither in technique nor taste. His rolling, muscular bass lines were at the heart of Deftones' heavy and ethereal sound. He played with his fingers, not a pick, and propelled such tracks as "Root" and "Engine No. 9" with a head-banging fervor. His nimble bass lines in the band's biggest hit, "Change (In the House of Flies)," added a layer of complexity to a song that thrived on soft-loud dynamics.

Cheng's playing was never about simply mirroring Stephen Carpenter's chunky guitar rhythms or Abe Cunningham's propulsive drum licks. Cheng found his own musical lines and wove them through the songs as a heavy, low-frequency counterpoint.

Whether Cheng wanted to admit it or not, he carried the respect of his fellow musicians, exemplified by a two-night concert in 2009 held at Hollywood's Avalon nightclub to raise money for Cheng's medical expenses. It featured a gathering of hard-rock royalty. The all-star jam included Metallica's Robert Trujillo ripping through Cheng's bass lines on Deftones' "Engine No. 9" and Motley Crue's Tommy Lee bashing drums during "Headup." Members of Cypress Hill, System of a Down, Slayer, Linkin Park and others also participated in this megawatt homage. Cheng, who was born in Davis and raised in Stockton, was simply a well-loved person, especially in Sacramento.

When Deftones wasn't rocking a stage in some part of the world, Cheng carried on like a regular Sacramento homeboy. You might find him at a midtown poetry reading, or grabbing a drink at the Swiss Buda Bar, or supporting his friends at a local music club. He was never too cool to deny a picture for a fan, or sign an autograph for the star-struck.

No wonder Cheng's death hit especially hard in Sacramento. Many friends and fans had hoped over the past four years that Cheng would somehow make a miraculous recovery and wake from his semi-conscious state. That wasn't meant to be, and more than 150 people descended on Cesar Chavez Plaza the day after Cheng's death to light candles and share stories.

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Deftones live at Cactus Club - December 3rd, 1994 Play

Place : Cactus Club, San Jose, California, United States
Date : December 3rd, 1994
Tour : ?
Opening act(s) (if any) : ?

This is a very special show, in my opinion. I've always regarded the "Adrenaline" shows including Chino with his dreadlocks in a different light from the "actual" "Adrenaline" shows, because his onstage act was way, way different. He looked dark, depressed, and his voice was absolutely off the fucking hook. If you want flawless renditions of "Adrenaline" songs, what I call the "pre-Adrenaline" (1994 - somewhen in 1996) days is what you need. In my opinion, this particular performance of "Minus Blindfold" is the best one I have ever heard. This small set contains many awesome shots of each band member, the quality, for a recording that old, is pretty neat. It also contains "Oraled", the demo of "Bored". Lyrics were different, as well as a couple of things in the structure of the song. A couple of guitar problems here and there, Stephen is pissed, and Chi is hilarious.

Setlist :

Nosebleed
Oraled (Demo of "Bored")
Minus Blindfold
One Weak
7 Words
Root
Engine No. 9


Thanks to the taper of this show, whoever they are.

Deftones live at Tower Records - October 10th, 1996 Play

Place : Tower Records, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Date : October 10th, 1996
Tour : Off-tour show, in between the Kiss reunion tour supporting shows

Tight little show at Tower Records for the promotion of Adrenaline. A totally Adrenaline-ish style of show. Raw energy, powerful vibes, and mess. A few sound issues for Stef as well as a couple of funny scenes between the staff and the crowd, as the show was getting out of hand.

"Guys, you're getting way out of hand, the show is over."
"FUCK YOUUUUU!!!"

Setlist :

Teething / Life's a Bitch [Nas tease]
Root
Bored
Nosebleed
7 Words


Thanks to the taper of this show, whoever they are.

Deftones live at Bojangles/Cattle Club - May 4th, 1997 Play

Place : Bojangles (formerly the "Cattle Club"), Sacramento, California, United States
Date : May 4th, 1997
Tour : Off tour hometown show

So this is a very, very special show. Before Deftones started recording "Around the Fur", they played two shows in a row at the Bojangles club (formerly the "Cattle Club"), which also used to be their rehearsal spot. This is one of the two nights, most likely the second one, but I'm not sure. They played a couple of "Around the Fur" tracks in their demo forms (mostly the vocal parts were different), and a mandatory selection of "Adrenaline" songs. It's a very interesting for many reasons, one of them being the setlist, as explained, with songs like "Damone", "Dai the Flu", etc. Another reason being the transition from "Adrenaline" Chino to "Around the Fur" Chino happening, the many close-ups display how his onstage act was changing (and also how high he was). Chi and Stef are unforunately in tiny dark spots so you don't see much of them. Also, this show is happening in Sacramento, their hometown, and the crowd action is awesome, most people are way into it, and you can tell how intimate the show is, with that guy getting onstage to ask people about his lost battery, how the band jams failed snippets of songs for a few minutes, etc. Chino also surprises us with his vocals on that little Iron Maiden cover, I haven't heard him sing that way very often. The final highlight here is the presence of "Bumble D" in the setlist, a demo song that was supposed to be part of "Around the Fur". It is not the best source of this show there is out there, but it's decent at any rate, and an interesting must watch for all the hardcore fans.

Tracklist :

Lotion (demo)
Dai the Flu (demo)
Bored
Damone (demo)
Root
Nosebleed
MX
One Weak
7 Words
Birthmark
Teething / Life's a Bitch [Nas tease]
Bumble D
Run to the Hills [Iron Maiden cover]
Jam
South of Heaven [Slayer cover]
Minus Blindfold
Engine No. 9 / Wicked [Ice Cube tease]


Thanks to the taper of this show, whoever they are. Credit goes to them.

Deftones live at Bottom of the Hill - September 23rd, 1997 Play

Place : Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, California, United States
Date : September 23rd, 1997
Tour : North American Around the Fur promotional fall tour

A show from the early days of the "Around the Fur" era. As the record was about to be released, the band was evolving and getting some new dynamics onstage. The Adrenaline songs sounded different compared to before, and they were including some Around the Fur tracks. Those early Around the Fur performances sound special, the band tries to keep them clean and straight, displaying the fresh side of those then new tracks. This performance of "Lotion" is regarded by many as one of the best ones ever. Back in that period, Chino had that sick pitch going on in his screams and it worked brilliantly on "Lotion". A dark-looking, intimate show, with a well-balanced setlist.

Setlist :

Engine No. 9
Lotion
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Root
Nosebleed
Dai the Flu
Bored
Birthmark
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
Headup
Fireal
Minus Blindfold
7 Words


Thanks to the taper of this show, whoever they are. Credit goes to them.

Deftones live at Dynamo Open Air - May 30th, 1998 Play

Place : Dynamo Open Air, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Date : May 30th, 1998
Tour : World Annihilation Tour (Around the Fur promotional world spring/summer tour)

One hell of a show from the golden years, taped from the audience and mixed with a high quality professional audio of the show, their performance at Dynamo Open Air, in 1998. A definite must-watch if "Around the Fur" Deftones is your thing, Chino's vocals and energy are on fire, as opposed to their performance at Glastonbury on the same tour, where he was having some more trouble than here. The setlist is solid, nice interaction with the crowd, and the show includes a guest appearance by Max Cavalera on "Headup", followed by extra vocals on "Engine No. 9". The performance of "Headup" is pretty fucking brutal. It is during this festival that Soulfly was recorded playing their song "First Commandment" live with Chino. The audio here makes the watch more than enjoyable.

Setlist :

Lotion
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Root
Teething
Around the Fur
MX
7 Words
Bored
Mascara
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
Headup [with Max Cavalera]
Engine No. 9 / Wicked [Ice Cube tease] [with Max Cavalera]


Credit goes to the taper of this show, whoever they are, and Kink FM, for broadcasting the show back in the day.

Deftones live at The Alcatraz - June 8th, 2000 Play

Place : The Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
Date : June 8th, 2000
Tour : European White Pony promotional summer tour
Opening act : GlassJAw

Setlist :

Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
My Own Summer (Shove It)
To Have and to Hold [Depeche Mode cover]
Change (In the House of Flies)
Feiticeira
Bored
Root
Mascara
Around the Fur
Lotion
Digital Bath
Street Carp
7 Words


Thanks to the taper of this show, whoever they are.

Deftones live at Rock in Rio 3 - January 21st, 2001 [PROSHOT] Play

Place : Rock in Rio 3, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Date : January 21st, 2001
Tour : South American White Pony promotional "Back to School" tour

Part of the "Classic Deftones Shows" per say, their performance at Rock in Rio in Brazil in 2001, aired on TV. I might need to double check, but I believe this was their very first show in South America, continuing the dreamy-looking "White Pony" tour. This could easily be the biggest crowd the band has ever played for, so you could say it's a special show in itself. They still seem to get it going, this huge crowd seems to go along with the atmosphere of the show without any problem. Goes to show you how big they already were in South America. A pretty enjoyable show overall, the songs are played in a nice flow, displayed with a great light play that fits the summer night vibe of the festival. The camera work remains good through the whole show. Vocally, Chino was still undergoing his throat problems that started during the previous US tour, and it can be heard (strained notes and screams, etc.), but you'd still have peaks in this show despite that. This performance of "Digital Bath" is kind of incredible, not to mention beautifully played. This version of "7 Words" is a bit famous amongst fans for the terrific scream Chino drops before the break. Also, some trivia, this might be the last show Chi played before cutting his dreadlocks. Five days after this show, they'd play in Chile, and they were gone. They played in Argentina in between, but there's no picture or video I know about.

Setlist :

Engine No. 9
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Around the Fur
Korea
Feiticeira
Change (In the House of Flies)
Root
Digital Bath
7 Words / Say it Ain't So [Weezer cover]
Headup


Thanks to Viva for airing this show back in the day, credit goes to them.

Deftones live at Big Day Out - January 19th, 2003 [PROSHOT] Play

Place : Big Day Out, Gold Coast Parklands, Gold Coast, Australia
Date : January 19th, 2003
Tour : Big Day Out/Australian tour

Part of the "Deftones live classics", their performance at the Gold Coast stop of the Big Day Out tour, caught on TV. This was their first tour in over a year, Chino had gained more weight since the "White Pony" days and you can tell by some of his major vocal flaws (the high notes on "Bored", "Root", etc.) that it had been a while. The performance remains energetic and enjoyable. Chino's mic happens to be saturated, so his vocal performance sounds cool to most people (scream wise), even though it's kind of artificial. But not neglecting the presence of some beastly screams in there. The scream part of "Bored" sounds vicious as fuck, for example. Their setlists on that tour had a nice amount of "Adrenaline" songs. A nice performance overall, even though it's definitely not one of my favourites. "Around the Fur", "Root", "Nosebleed" and "Bored" are lossy quality compared to the other songs because it's the only source that exists.

Setlist :

Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Around the Fur
Root
Nosebleed
Feiticeira*
Change (In the House of Flies)
Bored
Birthmark
7 Words

*Not aired


Thanks to V Channel for broadcasting this back in the day, credit goes to them, the shooting staff and the person who ripped and brought this to the Internet, whoever they are.

Deftones live at Pinkpop Festival - June 7th, 2003 [PROSHOT] Play

Place : Pinkpop Festival, Megaland, Landgraaf, The Netherlands
Date : June 7th, 2003
Tour : Self-titled promotional European summer tour


Setlist :

Change (In the House of Flies)
Korea
Hexagram
Mascara
Around the Fur
Minerva
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
Lifter
Nosebleed
In Da Club [50 Cent tease]
Bloody Cape
Digital Bath *
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Headup

*Not played due to technical problems


Credit goes to the network that webstreamed the show live, people who ripped it and brought it to the widespread internet, and the shooting staff.
The original audio of the webstream video was replaced with a FM high quality transmission of the show, ripped by toolmanwill. Edit by me.
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