That's still a bit optimistic, but Deftones lead singer Chino Moreno spoke to Billboard about the band's plans and he suggested that they would be doing some studio work once they finish their current North American tour and before they head out to Europe in August.
Moreno said specifically, "if all goes well hopefully we'll have some product for early next year," but that's far from any sort of guarantee. As Moreno explained, Deftones' tour commitments will hamper them a bit. "We're not that good at working on the road," he said. "When we get home and we actually seclude ourselves in a little room, that's when it will start."
Sergio Vega, who filled in for Cheng, will be part of the new album, and it sounds as if he's going to be a more permanent addition to Deftones going forward. "He's a great dude and he's doing a great job and we're just rolling with where we're at right now, and we'll see what happens," Moreno said. But while Moreno remains hopeful that Cheng's condition will continue to improve, the band won't be dipping into any songs from the aborted Eros project (which Cheng had been a part of before his accident) for the Diamond Eyes follow-up. "Right now we're definitely going to write new music and put out a new record before" revisiting the Eros material, Moreno said. So we'll have to keep waiting to hear what Eros might have been, but hopefully we won't have to wait too long for more Deftones music.
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