Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Deftones had to postpone their March tour dates in Australia and New Zealand. Though those dates may not be happening now, the band has found a way to put the tour’s merch to good use.
On Thursday, the band decided to put the merch from the tour up for sale online with all the profits going to their road crew.
“Our touring crew is essential for us to go out and do what we do for all of you,” wrote the band in a statement on social media. “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. We will see you all soon. Stay safe.”
Merch in the collection includes hoodies, t-shirts and tanks and can be purchased through merchjungle.com.
Earlier this month, the band gave an update on the progress of their new album. Said keyboardist Frank Delgado to Australia’s ‘Forté,’ “We’ve been pretty much working on that for the last couple of years and it’s basically done. I think we need to tie up a few things here and there to fix it, but I think that’s coming in the real near future — I know it is.”
So far, the band’s summer North American headlining tour is still set to take place. Those dates start July 27 in Portland, OR and run through September 5 in Denver, CO. Gojira and Poppy will join them as support.