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Deftones sell merch to financially support their road crew

Deftones (Image credit: Deftones)

Deftones (opens in new tab) have pledged to support their road crew who are struggling financially due to the band’s live shows being cancelled.

Chino Moreno (opens in new tab) and co. were forced to shelve their tour of Australia and New Zealand recently due to the coronavirus pandemic - and they’re now selling a range of merch, with all profits going to their touring team.

Deftones say in a statement: “Our touring crew is essential for us to go out and do what we do for all of you. We were crushed that we had to cancel our Australia and New Zealand run this month, and our road crew was hit hard.

“To show them support, we have made our intended merch line for the tour available for purchase online (opens in new tab), and we will be giving all profits made back to our crew. 

“If you are able to buy a shirt, we, and they, really appreciate the support. Please note all merchandise will be shipping from Australia, and prices reflect the Australian dollar. We will see you all soon. Stay safe.”

Earlier this month, Deftones’ keyboardist Frank Delgado checked in to let fans know that the follow-up to 2016’s Gore was “basically done.” (opens in new tab)

The global spread of coronavirus has had a devastating impact on the live music scene (opens in new tab), with artists forced to cancel or postpone shows and tours, while festivals including Download UK (opens in new tab) and Glastonbury (opens in new tab) have also been cancelled.

However, artists are fighting back and are coming up with new ways of generating income and getting their music out there (opens in new tab), while a range of industry initiatives have been set up to help support musicians (opens in new tab).

Scott looks after and updates Louder’s online buyer’s guides and also scouts out the best deals for music fans from every corner of the internet. He's spent more than 28 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014, where he wrote extensively about rock, metal, prog and more, before moving to the eCommerce team full-time in 2020. Scott has previous written for publications including IGN, Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky.