The rock world will pay tribute to Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who died April 13 after spending most of the past four years in a coma following a car accident. Sunday (April 21) members of the Deftones and various bands will host a Jam for Chi at Harlow’s nightclub in Sacramento, Calif. Tickets are free, but the musicians hope to raise money for Chi’s family, including his son, Gabriel.
Earlier in the day, Chi’s family invites friends and fans to a One Love Family gathering at Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton, Calif. “One Love for Chi” was a much-used saying and social media hashtag during Chi’s long battle to recover from his injuries.
Musician Shaun Lopez, who produced the Deftones’ “Saturday Night Wrist,” speaks lovingly of Chi. “He was an amazing, zen-like, anti-rockstar. I’m really sad that he’s gone, but I know his spirit will live on through all those that he inspired,” Lopez tells Zap2it. “One of my coolest memories of Chi was screen printing the first Deftones shirts at his and Chino [Moreno]’s apartment in Sacramento. It was full on DIY-style before both our bands were signed, just playing local shows together, being inspired.”
When news broke of Chi’s death, the rock world mourned publicly, taking to Twitter to express their grief and condolences — from the Recording Academy to Duran Duran, and members of Guns N Roses, Skrillex and Gerard Way. PETA posted a graphic designed by Chi promoting “Happy families, not happy meals,” and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello reminded fans to “please wear seatbelt and live.”
— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) April 15, 2013
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) April 15, 2013
— Korn (@Korn) April 15, 2013
Just heard that Chi from the Deftones passed away. That’s really sad news. I didn’t really know him. But he was an awesome bass player. RIP
— Slash (@Slash) April 14, 2013
My heart goes out to Chi Cheng, all of his family and loved ones and all the @deftones fans out there. RIP brother
— Sonny(@Skrillex) April 15, 2013
i didn’t know Chi Chengbut loveand R.I.P. to him too
— Flea (@flea333) April 19, 2013
— Hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams) April 14, 2013
Chi Cheng… breal.tv/chi-cheng/
— B-Real Cypress Hill (@B_Real420) April 14, 2013
R.I.P. Chi Cheng. Our hearts go out to his family and the Deftones.
— The Used (@WeAreTheUsed) April 16, 2013
The sun is hiding. Very grown up day today. Thinking of a friend.
— Gerard Way (@gerardway) April 13, 2013
RIP Chi. Awful news. Condolences to the Cheng family and @deftones…. from the McKagan’s.
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) April 14, 2013
R.I.P Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng. Very sweet and talented guy. Head injury from car accident. Everyone please wear seatbelt and live.
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) April 14, 2013
— PETA (@peta) April 15, 2013