If you're a fan of the DEFTONES, you should be all too familiar with the sad fate of bassist Chi Ling Cheng. He's hanging in, but his family is also suffering from the mounting medical bills, and needs your help. The band is stepping up with a benefit show here in Los Angeles:
On November 2nd, 2008 our bass player and brother Chi Ling Cheng was involved in a horrific car accident which has left him in a semi-conscious state. In his journey to recovery, the Cheng family has accumulated an overwhelming amount of medical bills that insurance does not entirely cover.
As a result, we will begin our mission to raise significant funds to help ensure Chi's recovery by playing a benefit show at the Avalon in Hollywood, California on November 19. Tickets will go on sale for our fans this Wednesday, October 28, with a general on-sale to follow on Friday, October 30. All proceeds will go to the Chi Ling Cheng Special Needs Trust that has been set up by the Cheng family to help pay for the growing medical costs required for Chi's survival and recovery.
In the event that you do not live in Los Angeles, or you don't end up getting a ticket for the show, we will be launching a series of online auctions, an online store and making available other opportunities for you to make a donation to the Trust. More details will come soon.
We have the best fans in the world and Chi values all of you greatly. Please continue to show your unwavering support by helping with this very important cause.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon. You may ask whey rock stars get benefit shows when they're injured while the rest of us are left to fend for ourselves. Good question. Make up for it by donating to a perfect stranger. The reality is that even the relatively well-off cannott afford medical costs when catastrophe hits. That's the system we have. If you don't like it, go do something.
A second show has been added on November 20th at the Avalon. Buy tickets here.