Deftones Issue Song in Honor of Chi Cheng

By Chris Atticus | Tuesday, April 15, 2014



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Deftones have posted a previously unreleased song called "Smile" online to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the death of the band's original bassist, Chi Cheng. The track is taken from Eros, the album that the group was recording when Cheng was gravely injured in a November 2008 auto accident. Cheng was left in a semi-comatose state -- from which he never fully woke up -- and the recordings were shelved.

Deftones singer Chino Moreno told us a while back why the band decided to keep Eros under wraps: "Some of it was out of respect for Chi -- 'Let's just put this album, you know, in a vault for a while and, you know, hold onto it.' It's the last thing that Chi's played on, so we hold it very dear to us. It's something that we have under our belt and when we feel the time is right we'll put it out."

Moreno told MTV last year that he thinks Eros should eventually come out, saying, "I think it should be released, but we don't have any definite plans. There's some work to do on it. Deftones have been moving forward in a strong, positive motion, so for us to stop and reflect on something five years ago, I don't know if we're ready for that."

Cheng passed away last April, four and a half years after his accident. His last released work until now appeared on Deftones' fifth album, 2006's Saturday Night Wrist.

After abandoning Eros, Deftones eventually recruited bass player Sergio Vega and has since recorded 2010's Diamond Eyes and 2012's Koi No Yokan.

Deftones spent much of 2013 on the road behind Koi No Yokan, which debuted at Number 11 on the Billboard album chart and yielded the Top Two rock radio single "Tempest."

Moreno is currently on tour with his side band, Crosses, which released its debut album earlier this year.


Check out the tune in honor of Chi Cheng here.