Deftones Bassist Preps Spoken Word Album

While his band is making the rounds in support of its top ten album "White Pony," Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is preparing another release: a spoken-word CD collecting his poetry.

"Bamboo Parachute" features 25 poems pulled from six books' worth of material the bassist had penned in his downtime. "Unlike music, which I choose to do, poetry is something I have to do," Cheng said of his writing in a statement announcing the release of "Bamboo Parachute." "It's like my head gets flooded with all this crazy sh**, and I have to write it down. Music, however, is much more of a release."

The curious will find titles like "The Small Black Box," "The Inside Of My Pocket Knife," and "Whiter Than God" on the CD, which will be available through the band's official Web site (at www.deftones.com) and at Deftones live shows.

The CD is expected to retail for less than $8, with half of the proceeds going to homeless teens and WEAVE, a Sacramento-based non-profit agency

specializing in domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and victim assistance.

If you want to pay cash for "Bamboo Parachute," or if you just want to check out the Deftones' live show, here's where to catch the band:

  • 7/17 - Toronto, ON @ The Guvernment
  • 7/19 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
  • 7/20 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
  • 7/21 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House Of Blues
  • 7/22 - Jacksonville, FL @ Club 5
  • 7/23 - Miami, FL @ Bicentennial Park
  • 7/25 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
  • 7/27 - Houston, TX @ Aerial Theatre At Bayou Place
  • 7/28 - Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
  • 7/29 - Dallas, TX @ Bronco Bowl
  • 7/30 - Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theatre
  • 8/1 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
  • 8/2 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Fairpark Mall
  • 8/4 - Vancouver, BC @ B.C. Place Stadium
  • 8/5 - Seattle, WA @ Fairgrounds
  • 8/6 - Portland, OR @ Portland Meadows
  • 8/8 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
  • 8/10 - West Hollywood, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

  • 8/11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Celebrity Theatre
  • 8/12 - La Jolla, CA @ RIMAC Arena
  • 8/13 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Hotel - The Joint
  • 8/14 - Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium

For a full-length interview with the Deftones featuring loads of in-concert video, check out the MTV News Online feature "Deftones: Pony Express."