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Deftones Auction & Charity Gigs
Ben Hewitt , November 19th, 2009 07:16

Band to raise funds for bassist's medical bills

Deftones will hold a charity auction and play two benefit shows to raise money for their bassist Chi Cheng.

Cheng was seriously injured in a car accident in November last year. Since then, he has been in a semi-conscious state and his family have accumulated large medical bills to pay for his treatment.

To raise money for his family, Deftones will play two benefit shows in Hollywood on November 19 and 20, as well as host a charity auction with which starts today.

Some of the items going under the hammer will include:

  • A day in the studio with Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 to produce a track for your band

  • Flyaway to Helsinki, Finland to attend HIM's sold-out New Year's Eve show [includes meet-and-greet with the band, round-trip flights, and hotel for two nights].

  • Signed ESP guitar from Metallica

  • John Dolmayan's (System of a Down) personal Tama drum kit, autographed by John

  • Signed gear from Deftones

  • Signed Slayer motorcycle helmet autographed by members of Slayer

  • Pair of three-day general admission and VIP passes to Coachella Festival 2010

  • Autographed ESP guitar from My Chemical Romance

Deftones singer Chino Moreno issued the following statement: “Wow, first let me start off saying how amazed I am at the generosity of all the friends and artists who have come forward for this auction. We, Deftones are so very grateful to all for your donations and time you’ve put into making this a success. I myself had no idea it would be this big. Just goes to show how many good friends and good will Chi has made over the last 20 years, just being the good dude he is.

"If you were lucky enough to befriend Chi over the last couple decades you would know that there is not a more kind, or more giving person. It’s so great to see it all coming back around for him.

"I really want to thank everyone that has kept him in their thoughts, prayers, and kept all the positive energy and love flowing his way. I truly believe he will return to us one day when he is good and rested with a great story to tell in his off the wall Cheng sense of humor. Chi is one tuff “MF” and if anyone can make it through this, it’s gonna be him.

"Chi, I miss you and love you and so does the world. Hope to see you soon.”

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