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Deftones release “Smile” from shelved album Eros one year since former bassist Chi Cheng died


Yesterday marked the first anniversary of former Deftones bassist Chi Cheng’s death. You all likely know the story by now – of his automotive accident in 2008, and his four-year semi-comatose state – and it was this time last year that we got the news that his heart had stopped.

In tribute, the band posted the following message – “Chi, We miss you today and everyday. -deftones.” – along with a song:

The song is called “Smile“, and the video title suggests it’s from the previously shelved album Eros, which the band had been working on before Chi’s accident.

Obviously it’s difficult to be objective about something surrounded in such strong emotion…but it’s a really good track. Chronologically, Eros would have come after Saturday Night Wrist, but it was put on hold when Chi went into hospital, presumably until he recovered. Instead, the band wrote Diamond Eyes with fill-in Sergio Vega on bass, and you can hear the similarities between the two.

We don’t think the release of this song means much besides a tribute to their missed friend. It’s been speculated that Eros might now be released in tribute to Chi, which would be both fitting and highly welcome, but whatever becomes of it, it’s a great way to remind fans of Chi’s work.

As reported in February, Deftones are currently at work writing for the follow-up to 2012′s Koi No Yokan, which would suggest that Eros won’t be the next record the release. They also have a number of summer festival appearances booked for this year – some north American ones in May, and in Europe throughout June and July. Check those out, as according to the band’s Facebook page, below:

May 23 Rocklahoma Pryor, OK 
May 24 River City Rock Fest San Antonio, TX 
May 25 Big Purple Party Festival Lubbock, TX 
May 27 Laredo Energy Venue Laredo, TX
May 28 Pharr Entertainment Center Pharr, TX
May 30 Concrete Street Amphitheater Corpus Christi, TX 
May 31 Free Press Summer Festival Houston, TX
Jun 01 Free Press Summer Festival Houston, TX 
Jun 23 Heavy By The Sea Festival Athens, Greece 
Jun 27 Park Live Festival Kiev, Ukraine 
Jun 29 Park Live Festival Moscow, Russian Federation 
Jul 01 A2 Concert Hall Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Jul 04 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark
Jul 05 Sonisphere Knebworth, United Kingdom