Deftones Guitarist Stephen Carpenter to Sit Out of UK/European Tour: “I’m Just Not Ready to Leave Home or the Country Yet”
For those of you who don’t remember, Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter is an avowed conspiracy theorist, who believes the Earth is flat, thinks 9/11 didn’t happen, and is vehemently anti-vaccine. Now, Carpenter has announced that he will miss the band’s upcoming UK and European tour dates because he’s not ready to leave home or the country. Not because of vaccine stuff, though, heavens no.
Carpenter released the following statement via a video message posted to Deftones’ Twitter, next to the band’s replacement guitarist, “our great friend from Sacramento, Lance.”
“Hey, everyone, it’s Stef. As much as I would love to be on the road with my brothers right now, playing for all of our incredible international fans, I have chosen to remain playing domestically for now. With everything going on in the world, I’m just not ready to leave home or the country yet.
“But for now, our great friend from Sacramento, Lance, will be fulfilling my duties. Give him some love, have a great time. I wish I could see every one of you — thanks for understanding.”
On the one hand, look, the obvious answer here is that Carpenter doesn’t want to get vaccinated, so he’s not leaving the country. On the other hand, the extent of Carpenter’s conspiracy theories make us wonder if something else going on in politics has him on edge. The war in Ukraine? Something Boris Johnson said? Could be anything, given what this guy believes.
Anyway, watch the video below, and catch Deftones sans-Carpenter at one of the following dates:
6/3-5 Nürburg, GER – Nürburgring (‘Rock am Ring‘)
6/3-5 Nuermberg, GER – Zeppelinfield (‘Rock im Park‘)
6/7 Zurich, SWI – X-TRA
6/10-12 Donington Park, UK – Download Festival
6/20-22 Zagreb, CRO – INmusic Festival
6/21 Bologna, ITA – Sequoie Music Park
6/24 Budapest, HUN – Budapest Park
6/26 Hamburg, GER – edel-optics.de Arena
6/27 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
7/1-3 Helsinki, FIN – Tuska Open Air
7/9 Moscow, RUS – Park Live Festival
7/11 Kiev, UKR – U Park Festival
7/13 Katowice, POL – Metal Hammer Festival
7/13-17 Cluj-Napoca, ROM – Electric Castle Festival