If you follow heavy music at all, there’s a good chance that you’ll be familiar with the Deftones.
Having survived association with the Nu-Metal era by, well, not being one-trick (white) ponies, the Deftones have managed to make compelling music since the mid-1990s by eschewing affiliation with scenes and trends, resolutely following their own path and holding onto a following even as the bands considered their peers – the likes of Linkin Park, Korn and Limp Bizkit – have fallen into bland stadium irrelevance, near obscurity and apparent obsolescence respectively.
Even founding member and bassist Chi Cheng’s 2008 car crash and subsequent coma hospitalization hasn’t stopped the band from continuing – and news reaches us today that Cheng is beginning to make welcome progress in his recovery – he’s responding to requests to move his legs.
Obviously, recovering from any traumatic injury is a fraught and lengthy process with setbacks to deal with as well as minor victories to celebrate, but this news has properly cheered me up today and I can only hope that I’m updating more news on his recovery in the weeks and months and years to come.
If you want to keep up the latest news about Chi or want to donate money towards his medical expenses, you can find more information at the OneLoveForChi site.