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Deftones Have Officially Parted Ways With Bassist Sergio Vega (Updated)


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Update: March, 08th, 2022 10:27 PM:

Deftones bassist Sergio Vega has confirmed his departure from the band in a newly shared video statement, which he has shared online below. You can read it [transcribed by theprp.com] as follows:

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“Hi everybody, I hope this finds you well. I didn’t want to have to make a video about this, but after the recent band photo posted on Deftones‘, Spotify, I feel the need to clear the air. I’m not very good at this. So I wrote out a statement and I will read it to you now.

To give a brief history about me and my friendship with Deftones. We met in 1995. I filled in for Chi—rest in peace—in 1999 and was asked to work with the band after his tragedy in 2009. Because of the love they have for Quicksand, I was asked to bring the same approach as a songwriter and arranger to them as well.

I was also told that similarly to Frank I will be brought in over time to become an official member. I had worked with the band for 12 years, and at the start of every album cycle, I asked about becoming an official member, but the contract would be improved instead.

COVID was a breaking point for a lot of people. And I started to question my place In the band, and the future that I wanted for my career. I really started to need something stable, because at that point, my contract with them was canceled. One day I got a call from the guys about an internal band situation, and they asked me if I was solid, and that I would have to fly out to LA to help work it out. Right away.

I said, Of course, I was all in, and we can handle my situation later. But I can’t go back to my old contract. Our respective management had a conversation to discuss a new contract, and they offered me the same deal. At that point. It was clear there was no opportunity for growth for me. So I declined the offer. And then I call the guys immediately to see where the miscommunication was to resolve it. But there was no response.

A couple of days later, I received an email from their lawyer that their offer was withdrawn, and that they wished me the best. So I left the band in early last year, and since then, I’ve been focused on my band Quicksand, as well as working as a producer and writer for other artists and projects. And I’m mentioning this because there was some speculation about me selling my gear and quitting music altogether.

Out of respect for the people who have held tickets for this tour, the past couple of years and everyone who supports the band, I felt it important to bring some clarity to the situation. Lots of love and thanks to Deftones‘ amazing fan base for always being engaged and supportive of the band through good times and bad.

I appreciate every single one of you. All my love to the fans that have become friends, the people that have supported my other projects. It brought me so much joy to see Deftones shirts at Quicksand shows land I will cherish this forever. Lastly, thanks so much to the ‘Tones. I wish they had the chance to tell you this in person.

I want you to know that I appreciate all the years we spent together, writing performing being taken into your worlds. I learned a lot from each one of you, when you brought me in, you created a new sense of passion for music that I will always cherish and carry with me. You truly changed my life.”

Original Story:

Several months ago rumors of bassist/vocalist Sergio Vega departing alternative metal icons Deftones began to circulate within industry circles. While neither party commented publicly on the matter, a recent photo update (see above) on the Deftones‘ official digital service provider profiles saw the group featured without Vega, leading to much speculation on the matter among the band’s fans. That speculation was further fueled by Vega also selling a considerable amount of his gear on Reverb earlier this year.

Since the aforementioned picture update, several posts have emerged on Reddit, including the below screencap of a reply being attributed to Deftones frontman Chino Moreno, which allegedly found him stating, ‘btw, vega didn’t quit. that fool was outta pocket. he gone fh.”

It is not yet entirely clear if that comment was in fact made by Moreno however, though some fans seem to have found evidence that account that made it was previously used by Moreno in the past.

Per the original rumors that emerged several months ago, the alleged dispute was in regards to Vega seeking to have a more even share in regards to revenue from the band given his decade-plus run in the group. As Vega was not an original member (he replaced the band’s late bassist/vocalist Chi Cheng in 2009,) his arrangement was reportedly more along the lines of a hired gun than a full-fledged member.

None of this has been confirmed nor mentioned by any official party however and remains speculation at this point. With the band’s tour with Gojira and Vowws on the horizon (see dates below,) an official announcement regarding the status of Vega in the band seems imminent.

04/14 Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
04/16 Seattle, WA – WaMu Theatre
04/18 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
04/20 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
04/22 Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan
04/23 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
04/25 Denver, CO – Ball Arena
04/28 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheatre
04/30 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
05/02 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
05/03 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
05/06 Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
05/07 Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
05/08 Cincinnati, OH – ICON Music Center
05/10 Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
05/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
05/13 Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
05/14 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
05/15 New York City, NY – Pier 17
05/17 Washington DC – The Anthem
05/18 Philadelphia, PA – The Met
05/19 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
05/21 Laval, QC – Place Bell
05/22 Toronto, ON – Echo Beach
05/24 Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
05/26 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
05/27 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
05/28 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory

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