Yesterday the music community mourned the loss of Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly, a member of the rap group Kriss Kross that rose to fame at a very young age in the early ‘90s with their hit single ‘Jump.’ The addictive anthem had an impact far beyond the rap world too, even rock bands like the Deftones took notice.
Even though he passed just last week, the family of Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has been very aware of the love generated by the musician around the world. As such they are staging a gathering this weekend where fans, friends and peers are invited to come celebrate his life.
The rock world was saddened over the weekend to hear the news that Deftones bassist Chi Cheng had passed away. The musician died after spending four years in either a coma or semi-conscious state as the result of a devastating 2008 car accident. After reactions and condolences from many in the rock community, the first official statement from Deftones themselves came today via a message from the band's guitarist Stephen Carpenter.
Brian 'Head' Welch, guitarist for Korn and frontman of Love and Death, is a guest columnist for Loudwire. In his latest 'HeAd's KoRner' column, Welch honors late Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who passed away on Saturday, April 13, after spending four-plus years in a coma or semi-concious state following a 2008 car accident. Read Head's touching account in which he remembers Chi and recalls a 2009 visit to the hospital to see his ailing friend:
The music world has lost one of its most talented performers as Deftones bassist Chi Cheng sadly passed away Saturday (April 13) at the age of 42. Cheng had been in a coma following a serious auto accident in 2008 and had been in a semi-conscious state for periods ever since.
After more than two decades on the scene, Deftones have earned themselves a cult-like following, and on Saturday night (March 9) at New York City's Terminal 5, the band delivered a set that was worshiped by their devoted fans from the first note to the last.
Deftones have one of the hottest tickets going, due in part to the amazing work they put into their most recent album, 'Koi No Yokan.' The critically acclaimed rock act is currently out on the road, and Loudwire is giving you and a guest a chance to see the band in person during their spring 2013 U.S. tour.
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