Deftones’ Stephen Carpenter drops off band’s international shows

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Deftones will be without guitarist Stephen Carpenter for the band’s upcoming international shows.

In a video statement posted Friday, Carpenter says, “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’ve 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,” he adds.

Guitarist Lance Jackman will fill in for Carpenter in his absence.

“Give him some love,” Carpenter says. “Have a great time. I wish I could see every one of you. Thanks for your understanding.”

Deftones is set to launch a tour of Europe in June. Presumably, Carpenter will miss the band’s upcoming two shows in Canada this weekend, as well.

The Deftones’ lineup has already been looking different lately due to the departure of longtime bassist Sergio Vega, who left the band last year as the result of a contract dispute. Vega was replaced by former Marylin Manson bassist Fred Sablan.

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