SKINLAB To Play Benefit Show For DEFTONES Bassist

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers SKINLAB will perform at The Kennel Club in Sacramento, California on Friday, April 17. Also appearing on the bill are STEPCHILD, DROP SEVEN and JACK KETCH.

Commented SKINLAB bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel: "After cancelling the SKINLAB / SNOT / DEATH PILOT tour, we've decided to go ahead with the Sacramento show at The Kennel Club on April 17 and have decided to turn it into a benefit for [DEFTONES bassist] Chi [Cheng]. After hearing about his insurance situation and recent hints of recovery, we feel there's no way we can come though Sacto and play a show without helping a homey out.

"SKINLAB and Kennel Club will be giving a portion of the door charge, as well as raffle giveaways to help raise as much money as we can for our brother's recovery! We have been givin the blessing's of Chi's mother and friends... so come out and fight for Chi, Sacto!!"

The family of DEFTONES bassist Chi Cheng has started a web site asking for donations to help pay for his medical costs. Cheng's insurance has reportedly refused to continue coverage for his ongoing treatment. Cheng remains in a coma and in a rehabilitation center following a car crash last November in Santa Clara, California. The site can be found at

SKINLAB recently inked a deal with Cleveland, Ohio's Stand and Deliver Records. The band is currently recording its new album, "The Scars Between Us", with producer Juan Urteaga for a July 21 release.

Bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel previously stated about the band's new material, "This will be by far the best SKINLAB... ever!! Expect nothing but pure heaviness... This album has everything a longtime SKINLAB will expect, but also a few other elements that we've added to the mix that are gonna blow you away. We're coming prepared for the beatdown!!"

As previously reported, SKINLAB has been added to the July 10 stop of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Sacramento, California. SKINLAB will be the second band of the day on the Jägermeister Mobile Stage.

SKINLAB recently posted a short preview of the band's video for the song "In for the Kill". The clip was filmed in May 2008 at the group's warehouse in Oakland, California with new, up-and-coming director Jourdan McClure and it features an appearance by rebounding UFC fighter Nate Quarry and Greg Thompson.

SKINLAB released a live album, "SkinnedAlive!", in April 2008 via BCD Music Group. The CD was recorded on June 3, 2007 at The Metro in Oakland, California.

SKINLAB's current lineup:

Paul Hopkins - Drums
Glen Telford - Guitars
Steev Esquivel - Bass/Vocals
Snake - Guitars

SKINLAB's last studio album, "ReVolting Room", came out in 2002. A double-disc set, entitled "Nerve Damage", featuring alternate versions of studio tracks, several live tracks recorded on the band's "ReVolting Room" tour, plus two new songs, came out in 2004.

(Thanks: "Break Open")


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