Deftones ride wave of en­ergy af­ter tragedy

The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - Music - By Mark Jor­dan

Spe­cial to The Com­mer­cial Ap­peal

Ser­gio Vega is no stranger to fans of the ac­claimed metal band Deftones.

A friend of the group since they played on the first Warped Tour back in 1995, the for­mer Quick­sand bassist filled in for Deftones bassist Chi Cheng for a month in 1999 when Cheng was in­jured. So it was no sur­prise when al­most a decade later, the band turned to Vega un­der con­sid­er­ably more dire cir­cum­stances.

In Novem­ber 2008, Cheng, a found­ing mem­ber of the band, was se­ri­ously in­jured in an au­to­mo­bile ac­ci­dent in which he was thrown from the ve­hi­cle. He is un­der­go­ing ex­per­i­men­tal treat­ment in New Jer­sey and is re­port­edly mak­ing progress. A char­ity, One Love For Chi, has been es­tab­lished to raise funds for his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, with a web site that ac­cepts do­na­tions and tracks his progress.

Once they got over the shock of what had hap­pened, the mem­bers of Deftones were faced with a string of com­mit­ments and burn­ing de­sire to make mu­sic if for no other rea­son than to help them­selves process what had hap­pened.

With a gig the fol­low­ing April at Cal­i­for­nia’s Bam­boo­zle Left fes­ti­val, the band reached out to Vega, who, fol­low­ing the demise of Quick­sand, was dee­jay­ing in New York City.

“That sucked,” says Vega mat­ter-of-factly of the phone call. “Learn­ing about what had hap­pened to Chi and them reach­ing out to me about the pos­si­bil­ity of hold­ing it down for the time be­ing was tough. But for me the choice to do it was ob­vi­ously su­per easy be­cause these are re­ally good peo­ple. Just great peo­ple.”

Vega was step­ping into a band that al­ready had a rep­u­ta­tion as one of the most cre­ative and un­pre­dictable in rock. Started in 1988 in Sacra­mento, Calif., Deftones was formed by high school friends Moreno, Stephen Car­pen­ter and Abe Cun­ning­ham. Af­ter au­di­tion­ing sev­eral play­ers, Cheng was brought in on bass.

In­spired by the grow­ing ranks of al­ter­na­tive metal bands like Tool and Faith No More, Deftones be­gan to craft a unique sound around tight grooves and Moreno’s un­der­stated vo­cals. In 1995 the band re­leased their de­but, Adren­a­line , on Madonna’s Mav­er­ick la­bel.

With dee­jay/key­boardist Frank Del­gado join­ing the band in 1997, sub­se­quent Deftones re­leases var­ied wildly from each other; from the nü metal flour­ishes of Around the Fur to the

13th Wit­ness

Ac­claimed metal band Deftones — Abe Cun­ning­ham, Frank Del­gado, Chino Moreno, Ser­gio Vega and Stephen Car­pen­ter — per­form at Min­gle­wood Hall on Sun­day.

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