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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.

Read more here:

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/...
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R.I.P. Chi Cheng
www.oneloveforchi.com



"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.

Read more here:

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/... Show less

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 The Palace - December 20th, 1995 Play

Place : The Palace, Los Angeles, California, United States
Date : December 20th, 1995
Tour : Adrenaline winter tour, supporting Life of Agony and Anthrax

An amazing onstage shot from the early days. "Adrenaline" was released at that point, and the band was just showing everyone what they fucking got. Those performances of "Adrenaline" songs (94-96, the "dreadlocks era") are, in my eyes, the best ones. Vocally, Chino was on point like never after. The mood would always be dark, raw and filthy. This shot gives us many great zooms on every member of the band, as well as a cool perspective of an early Deftones show. Stef was going through sound problems, this performance of "Bored" is already known by many people because of Chino literally kicking Stef's guitar during the break, followed by him letting it fall onstage like the worst piece of junk, all pissed off. An outstanding performance despite the "middle-class" quality of the recording, a must-watch for the hardcores at any rate.

Setlist :

Root
Nosebleed
Birthmark
7 Words
Bored
Minus Blindfold
Teething
Engine No. 9


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

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 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 The Astoria - January 20th, 1998 Play

Place : NME Brat Shows, The Astoria, London, England
Date : January 20th, 1998
Tour : European Around the Fur promotional winter tour
Opening acts : Therapy?, Idlewild

One of my favourite Deftones shows from the whole 1997 - 1998 Around the Fur phenomenal touring process. Many things could be said about this show. What gets me the most is the state of Chino's voice. As some of you will hear, it is a bit shot and strains some because of the whole intense touring, but for some reason, it just works. It makes Chino focus on the breaks way more (the screams on "Lotion" are seriously sick) and gives his voice an overall darker mood with that grain. Chi gives a couple of stupid hilarious remarks in between some songs. The whole band gives it hard as usual, the crowd is into it (many stagedives as well as a t-shirt ripping), and a whole lot of messing around is happening, which is made possible by the great mood surrounding the show. A couple of covers here and there. The highlight of the show is how they go from "Around the Fur" into "Rickets", just like on the record, absolutely unexpectedly. At the end "Around the Fur", you can see Chino thinking, and then out of nowhere telling the other guys to play "Rickets". I uploaded both songs in one video, because this transition must remain untouched and uncut. This is also the ONLY existing full video performance of "Rickets" from the ATF days. Overall, an absolute must-watch.

Setlist :

Lotion
My Own Summer (Shove It) *
Root
Nosebleed
Bored
Around the Fur
Rickets
MX
Fireal
7 Words
Teething / Life's a Bitch [Nas tease]
Mascara
Never Let Me Down Again [Depeche Mode tease] / Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away) / Teclo [PJ Harvey tease]
Headup
Tired of Sex [Weezer tease]
Keep On Loving You [REO Speedwagon cover]
Engine No. 9 / Wicked [Ice Cube tease]
Subliminal [Suicidal Tendencies cover]
South of Heaven [Slayer cover]

* This show was filmed professionally, and "My Own Summer" from that pro version was aired on Channel 4 back in the day. I included it in the playlist. I also ripped the audio off it and mixed it to the audience video shot of the performance (which I uploaded as well as some people might be interested in having that perspective as well), to make it sound perfect. The proshot version also includes a few seconds of the band being interviewed.


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

This show is dedicated to Sal Marsh.

Deftones live at Hultsfred Festival - June 15th, 2000 [PROSHOT] Play

Place : Hultsfred Festival, Lake Hulingen, Hultsfred, Sweden
Date : June 15th, 2000
Tour : European White Pony promotional summer tour

Another classic put back on the best quality I could find, the very dirty Hultsfred Festival 2000. Playing during the day at summer time near a lake somewhere in Europe, the band was bringing the depressive vibe of "White Pony" everywhere around the globe. This show here looks and sounds very filthy, the sound mixing is pretty bad but it kind of works, the crowd looks pretty damn into it, Chino is drugged out of his fucking skull ("The world is on drugs, this is called "Digital Bath"."), he drops the nastiest, pissed-sounding vocals, Chi headbangs so fucking hard you hurt for the guy, long-story short, a sick recording, only for the hardcore lovers of the "White Pony" dirt, this show is really a matter of "love it or hate it", in my opinion. For instance, some will think Chino is so high during "Digital Bath" it makes him sound and look ridiculous, some other will appreciate the passion. This show also contains my favourite performance of "To Have and to Hold".

Setlist :

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

* Not aired


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

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 Wembley Arena - September 19th, 2003 Play

Place : Wembley Arena, London, England
Date : September 19th, 2003
Tour : European Self-Titled promotional fall tour
Opening acts : A Perfect Circle, The Revolution Smile

Deftones only performance at the legendary Wembley Arena. This is my all-time favourite Deftones show. The mood, the performances, the lights, the setlist, the sound, everything is fucking mindblowing in this show. The passion in Chino's onstage act is unbelievable. The underrated magic of Deftones in 2003.

Setlist :

Minerva
Bloody Cape
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Bored / Clint Eastwood [Gorillaz tease]
Feiticeira
Digital Bath
Around the Fur
Headup
Mascara
Birthmark
Hexagram
Battle-axe
7 Words / Tired of Sex [Weezer cover]
Engine No. 9
Change (In the House of Flies)


Thanks to the taper of this show, whoever they are.
And thanks to Joaquin Romero for uploading the interview, which took place a bit before the show.

Deftones live at Verdun Auditorium - November 25th, 2003 Play

Place : Verdun Auditorium, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Date : November 25th, 2003
Tour : North American Self-Titled promotional fall/winter tour
Opening acts : Thursday, Thrice

The almighty later leg of the "Self-titled era", another show you could say a lot of incredible things about. The atmosphere of those shows was, to me, the darkest and heaviest this band was ever able to get. They all looked dirty and high out of their minds, they'd all play hard and raw, Chino would give his guts out while having his vocal chords actually in a really bad state, each song would sound deep while kind of chaotic-sloppy. You will never hear a performance of a song off the self-titled album that is better than one from that era. They sounded they way they supposed to sound, period. The dark transitions and interludes (Chino's moanings before "Digital Bath", etc.) would keep this incredible atmosphere going, and while Deftones are not, to many people's mind, an arena band, they would get those amphitheaters going pretty wild. The setlist here is pretty damn good too, with a great balance of songs from every album, played in a brilliantly cohesive way. I believe this was the very last time they would play "To Have and to Hold", I even think it was an exception on this tour, they'd usually play "The Chauffeur". While "Lucky You" was never played live, Chino would sing some lines off it during the break of "Bored", and it would sound pretty interesting and sweet, in my opinion.

Setlist :

Minerva
Hexagram
Root
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
To Have and to Hold [Depeche Mode cover]
Digital Bath
Korea
Bored / Lucky You
Mascara
Around the Fur
Battle-axe
Bloody Cape
Headup
Change (In the House of Flies)
Feiticeira
7 Words / Say it Ain't So [Weezer cover]


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