Chi Cheng: Memorials set for Deftones bassist include 'Jam for Chi' in Sacramento

chi-cheng-dead-memorials-set-gi.jpgThe 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."













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