Tour and festival cancellations have left not only the bands without a paycheck, but also the road crew who make those shows possible. This is how the Deftones are helping.
The Deftones are poised to release a new album in 2020 and in preparation for that, had planned to tour Australia and New Zealand. Those plans have been put on hold in the wake of the coronavirus. You’d be hard pressed to find anyone that might feel bad for the rock stars. But what about the road crew who was going along? How does this cancellation effect them?
Right in the checking account, that’s how. It’s simple, really. No shows, no pay.
In an effort to help out there loyal road crew, the Deftones have put all of their tour merch for sale online with ALL profits going to the road crew.
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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, 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 AU, and prices reflect AUD. We will see you all soon. Stay safe. merchjungle.com/collections/deftones (Swipe up in story).
As sad as this is to think it about, it’s a reality we all must face. This Deftones tour will likely not be the last cancellation. We can only hope that the miles long list of planned tours and festivals also find it in their hearts to do something similar to assist their road crews, techs, sound engineers, stage hands etc.
It’s gonna be a rough summer for live music.