Robert Fayette

Deftones Benefit for Chi Cheng @ The Avalon – Hollywood 11/20/09

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Following November 2008 automobile accident in Santa Clara, CA that left The Deftones bassist Chi Cheng in a semi-conscious state, The Deftones were left in a state of shock and an unknown future for their band. As the medical costs increased and grew by each month, Chi Cheng’s insurance company began to stop covering the majority of the treatment, thus leaving his family with a large sum of medical bills. Fortunately for the Cheng family, Chi’s peers from the music industry lent their support providing donations and a project dubbed “A Song for Chi” which featured members of Korn, Slipknot, Metallica and many more.

Thursday evening the Avalon in Hollywood, The Deftones took to the stage headlining a benefit show for Chi Cheng that included Cypress Hill, Far and POD. Tickets for A Benefit For Chi sold out in such a stunning fashion that a second night was added for those who weren’t fortunate enough to get their tickets for night one.

San Diego rock group Payable On Death, more commonly known as POD kicked off the show with a short set of their hit tracks including: “Youth Of The Nation,” “Boom,” and “Alive’ – the song that saw the band achieve their greatest success as a band with a #1 video on MTV’s TRL and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance in 2003. Though the band has been out of the spotlight since 2006 and announced a hiatus earlier this year, POD clearly proved that they still have it as a band whether they continue on as a band or not.

Far briefly graced the stage next in another short set that included their single, “Pony.” The combo of lead singer Jonah and guitarist/producer Shaun Lopez can still put together an outstanding live show. Stay tuned for a new studio record from Far in 2010.

Following the return of their Smoke Out festival last month in nearby Devore, Cypress Hill came out swinging with a set that included the classic “Insane In The Brain” and “How I Could Just Kill A Man” that only pumped up the sold-out Avalon for The Deftones who followed next.

The Deftones took to the stage next in an hour and a half performance of rarities, singles and many special guest surprises. Lead singer Chino Moreno briefly thanked everyone for coming out to support their brother and band mate Chi Cheng prior to the start of the set. Highlighting the set were the tracks, “My Own Summer (Shove It),” “Korea,” and “Change (In The House Of Flies)” that were capped off by the impressive stage performance put on time-and-time again by Chino Moreno.

Those in attendance were treated to special guest performances from Rodleen Getsic, Ben Kenney of Incubus, Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Jonah and Shaun of Far, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park & Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, Xzibit , B-Real, Sen Dog & Eric Bobo of Cypress Hill and a joint performance by all the special guests on the set ender “Head Up.”

If you’re interested in helping with Chi’s ongoing recovery you can find more information at


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