Guitarist Stephen Carpenter To Sit Out Deftones’ Immediate International Shows: “I’m Just Not Ready To Leave Home And Leave The Country Yet”


Guitarist Stephen Carpenter has announced that he will be absent from the band’s immediate European/UK touring plans. Taking his place on those dates will be the group’s recently recruited touring guitarist Lance Jackman.

A statement issued by Carpenter earlier today (May 20th) reads as follows:

“As much as I would love to be on the road with my brothers, playing for all of our incredible international fans, I have decided to remain playing domestically for now. With everything going on in the world, I’m just not ready to leave home and leave the country yet. I wish I can see each and every one of you, but for now, our good friend from Sacramento, Lance, will be fulfilling my duties. Although I’m watching from afar, I’ll be there in spirit with my Deftones family.


Carpenter‘s reluctance to leave the country could in part be due to the ongoing complexities of international travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The acclaimed guitarist has been vocal about his his anti-vaccine stances and the safety measures that were put in place around COVID-19, beliefs which certainly could limit his travel capabilities in certain territories.

The band’s European/UK shows include:

06/04 Nürburg, GER – Nürburgring (‘Rock am Ring‘)
06/05 Nuremberg, GER – Zeppelinfield (‘Rock im Park‘)
06/07 Zurich, SWI – X-TRA
06/09 Lyon, FRA – Fourviere Nights
06/11 Donington Park, UK – Download Festival
06/13 London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town (feat. grandson)
06/17 Clisson, FRA – Hellfest Open Air
06/18 Landgraaf, NET – Pinkpop Festival
06/19 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/21 Bologna, ITA – Sequoie Music Park
06/22 Zagreb, CRO – INmusic Festival
06/24 Budapest, HUN – Budapest Park
06/26 Hamburg, GER – Arena
06/27 Berlin, GER – Verti Music Hall
06/29 Viveiro, SPA – Resurrection Fest
07/02 Seinajoki, FIN – Provinssi Festival
07/03 Helsinki, FIN – Tuska Open Air
07/05 Stockholm, SWE – Grona Lund
07/07 Madrid, SPA – Mad Cool Festival
07/13 Katowice, POL – Metal Hammer Festival
07/13-17 Cluj-Napoca, ROM – Electric Castle Festival

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