Deftones Sells Merch to Benefit Road Crew After Tour Cancellations
Given that they have logged 32 years as alternative metal gods, Deftones have obviously benefited from an abundance of musical talent to impress fans with each release. Along with their catalog, the California-based band has depended on a tireless road crew for touring, and it is that set of helpers that the band is looking to provide a boost. Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the band to cancel its Australia and New Zealand tour, Deftones are selling apparel whose proceeds will go directly to their crews.
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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).
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The band took to Instagram on March 26 to explain the altruistic move, showing off four shirts and a hoodie that would have been available on the tour. Priced between $40 and $80, they are sure to yield a well-received source of help for the road crew if supporters flood the band’s Merch Jungle website.
These are certainly trying times for the global community as COVID-19 has rendered “normal” life an ever-increasingly distant memory for most of us, so every heartfelt gesture that strives to help either affected populations or particular individuals who have seen their livelihoods altered or even erased is likely to strike a chord with those who appreciate what people are going through. In this case, Deftones realize that though the Australia and New Zealand stops will not be happening and that the cancellation will hurt their finances, the welfare of others matters far more than their personal bank accounts.
As for the selection that Deftones has made available for purchase, we hope that their base will frequently take to the Merch Jungle site, especially for the roman numerals T-shirt whose digits read 1988, the year of the group’s formation. COVID-19 matters have understandably come to dominate the news cycle, and that has yielded an abundance of doom-and-gloom reads and explanations of frightening scenarios if the pandemic plays out as many expect for it to do.
In these dark times, moves like the one by Deftones show that nothing can ever slow down generosity, and that promo goods—be they apparel items, signs/banners or collectibles—stand to be permanent options for those seeking to sustain hope.