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  DEFTONES BASSIST CHI CHENG ON HIS WAY HOME FROM HOSPITAL IMMINENTLY
6th July 2012

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Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who has spent nearly four years in hospital in a comatose or semiconscious state due to a car crash in 2008, may be returning home imminently after a recent bout of pneumonia put him back in the hospital in June.

Chi was diagnosed with a near-fatal septicemia infection in 2009 due to the car crash and has been battling complications since. According to the bassist's mother, Jeanne Marie Cheng, he has battled sepsis as recently as last month, when he was also unsuccessfully removed from his ventilator.

But it looks like his most recent fight against pneumonia may soon be a victorious one, according to the below message which was posted on oneloveforchi.com.

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"Dearest onelovefamily,

"You must be wondering again about Chi's progress at home. He finished the course of IV antibiotics on Thursday, June 28. That being done, he was to be discharged last Friday. When Friday rolled around we were informed that his blood work culture came back and he had another infection in his blood. So he will be on another IV antibiotic for maybe 10 days. They do plan to let him get started on it and send him home this coming Thursday or Friday. We will be able to do the IV med at home. The Doc really wants to see him home where there are less germs than in the hospital. We can control his environment here.

"So the house is ready for him and Sal has turned into the germ police. She has large containers of antibacterial wipes on every corner of the counters and tables. Ya gotta love her! She bought copious amounts of gloves, wipes, spray cleansers, hand sterilizers, and has organized his every item perfectly. now we just need to get the man home again.

"His immune system is weakened and we are researching things that will boost it. Any suggestions you may have we will follow up on. We are being very careful to double check any side effects or contraindications as well as drug interactions with his current medications.

"He looks pretty miserable right now... he must feel really weak and ill. The highlight of his day is when Sal reads him all of your messages.

"This whole drama has nothing to do with his TBI. It is not a problem with his brain. It is a problem from staying in the hospital too long, getting too many infections and antibiotics and having it shoot down his immune system. The fact that he was in bed without getting up for three straight months did his lungs and body no good at all. He is in isolation now and the Doc said that the mask, gown and gloves we must wear are more for his own protection than for anyone else.

"This is saddening and maddening and really a kick in the gut, but if it had happened in New Jersey I don't think that he would be alive at all.

"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for bringing him HOME to California!! We can see him every day and the staff is excellent! And he will come back home to the house soon which is going to make all the difference in the world!

"I want to let you know where your generous donations are going. We are trying to straighten out his medicare which got messed up by them. We are also trying to get his m/cal reinstated. For now though we are paying out of pocket for his needs. The plane to get him home was $18,000. The perscriptions Mae picked up for him were $1,700. The bed rental with a good mattress is $700. a month and there are other rental items and personal items. I did splurge (my dime on some other things) and got him a big screen TV since we don't really know how well he sees and Sal is going to help me pick out a good sound system for him. Of course the wish list goes on and on. I would like to get him a van that he can travel well in to go to Dr. appointments etc. When he is back up to speed I have dreams of taking him to the beach and places he would enjoy. For now though it is such a blessing to have him back in California and he WILL be home soon.

"When he gets here, you will be the first to know. There are no words to express the gratitude we have for all of your support and prayers and love for this man who just won't give up.

"We love you and wish you all well! Blessings onelove family!

"Jeanne and the Cheng Gang"


WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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