Deftones’ Stephen Carpenter Shares “Engine No. 9” Guitar Playthrough Video

Deftones’ Stephen Carpenter has shared a guitar playthrough video for the band’s song “Engine No. 9.“ That track appears on the group’s 1995 album “Adrenaline.”

Deftones’ Stephen Carpenter To Sit Out European/UK Tour

Deftones’ Stephen Carpenter will be sitting out the band’s upcoming European/UK tour. The guitarist commented:

“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. “

Sergio Vega Says His Departure From Deftones “Was Never About Money”: “It’s Purely About Belonging”

During a recent appearance on “The Jasta Show,” Sergio Vega (Quicksand) further discussed his departure from Deftones. The bassist says the split “was never about money,” adding that it was “purely about belonging.”

Vega said the following:

“On a creative level, they were always super open and super cool. And really, when we talk about the other end, the financial end, which is something that I get, you’re Chino [Moreno, DEFTONES singer] and you have dependents, you have a lot of family, and [if] things go [to] a five-way split [from] a four-way split, it changes things and that’s something that impacts your life. So the financial shift and the financial swing becomes something that’s hard to reckon with. But for me, even in my position and my asks or negotiations were never speaking to that. Not that it was even possible. Being on half of the band’s catalog, you’re not ever going to see money from things you’re not a part of. But it was never even about money. Because even the publishing was there; that’s fine. It’s purely about belonging; it’s purely about just wanting to [feel] like you’re in it.”

“At the beginning, I was up for anything. I was just, like, ‘My friends are in trouble, and I just wanna help.’ My thing was, ‘Whatever you need I got.’ If it was to be, ‘Hey, play these bass lines. We got this thing.’ I’m, like, ‘Yeah. Cool.’ Being a hired gun, there’s no room for creative input — that’s fine. That would have been a thing, and you wrap your head around that. Initially, my only goal was to put my best foot forward and be a help to people in need and people that I cared about. And it was only because of the way that it was presented to me as, ‘This is how it’s gonna go down,’ where something that I started to go, ‘Hey…'”

He also added:

“This was a perennial thing. This was something that would come up, ‘Hey, guys.’ ‘Okay, cool. We’re really happy with the status quo.’ And it was never about money. It was always, like, ‘Here’s another raise.’ I was, like, ‘It’s not about that.’ And it was something that I think is a misconception, like I’m trying to bring a contractual change during a pandemic. I’m not.

Part of this weird dynamic was that having a dual kind of role in a sense of being a core and key writer, arranger and collaborator but also being someone who’s being paid on a salary created a dissonance. And not for myself, but for the whole thing. And so it’d be, like, hey, you’re home and you’re getting paid. But I’m, like, these are the parameters that I’ve been trying to change. I just wanna be in the same boat. Not about equal money or anything, but when times are good, times are good. When there’s income, we can draw from it. When there’s no income, you just hold on to your thing.

It was never about money and it was never about any of that. It was just about literally being in the same situation so that it didn’t create these opportunities for dissonance, where it was, like, ‘Oh, you’re doing this, but we’re paying you while you’re doing this.’ I got a call that was, like, ‘We’re hemorrhaging a lot of money on storage space and you.’ And I was, like, ‘That’s my problem. I’m compared to a storage space. I’m a line item.’ It’s not the money. It’s just the dynamic. So it wasn’t me asking for anything during the pandemic; it was the contract being canceled, which is their right. And then I was, like, ‘Okay, cool. This doesn’t work for anybody. We can finally address a total restructure.’ But at the end of the day, we weren’t able to really come to terms on that. So that’s fine. Basically, everything that I had said in [my initial video] statement is what kind of happened. And I totally understand their position. But mine is I have to respect my situation and my position as well, that it wasn’t something that… having that dissonance, for lack of a better word, was something that was pervasive, and it was something that ultimately was affecting me mentally as well.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Deftones Announce Intimate London, UK Show

Deftones have booked a small show at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London, UK. The event will be held on June 13 and it will also feature an opening set from Grandson.

Here’s the band’s updated European/UK schedule:

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 – edel-optics.de 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

Esmé Bianco Says Marilyn Manson Pressured Deftones To Remove Footage Of Her From Their Current Tour

As previously reported, Esmé Bianco is currently suing Marilyn Manson, aka Brian Warner, after accusing the singer of sexual assault and human trafficking. Now, according to Rolling Stone, the actress has leveled more allegations against him, saying that he pressured Deftones into removing footage of her from their current tour.

Bianco’s lawyers said the following about Deftones scrapping the footage in a recent legal filing:

“In exchange for providing her images, Ms. Bianco expected an economic benefit from significant public exposure via the band’s worldwide tour and the opportunity to continue working with the highly sought-after creative director who oversaw the project.”

Bianco also commented:

“[Manson] flipped out and was having a complete meltdown about the fact that I was working with Deftones and … they decided to cut my footage.”

The document went on to say that Manson “used his power and influence in the entertainment industry to interfere with Ms. Bianco’s ability to continue working with Deftones.”

Bianco added:

“By continuing to threaten my career opportunities, Warner again demonstrates that even amidst criminal investigation and civil litigation he will stop at nothing in an attempt to silence his victims. The complicity of those who enable these intimidation tactics demonstrates why survivors are so hesitant to come forward. If those who hold power to stand up to abusers choose not to, survivors will stand alone.”

As previously reported, Manson is currently facing abuse allegations from at least 16 women. Those accusations were initially spurred by actress Evan Rachel Wood, who said that the musician “horrifically abused [her] for years.” Since then many more women have come forward with allegations against the singer, including Bianco, actress Bianca Allaine, who described him as the “most terrifying person [she has] ever met in [her] life,” actress/model Ashley Morgan Smithline, who filed a lawsuit after being sexually assaulted and abused multiple times, his former assistant Ashley Walters, who filed a lawsuit against him for sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, etc., and another woman, identified as “Jane Doe,” who filed a lawsuit after accusing him of rape and death threats.

For his part, Manson has continued to deny the allegations and has even filed a defamation suit against Wood and her significant other Illma Gore. However, Wood has since commented on the lawsuit, saying that she is confident that she has the truth on her side.