Mastodon’s Brann Dailor Appears On History’s “Counting Cars”

Mastodon’s Brann Dailor appeared on last night’s (October 9) episode of History‘s “Counting Cars.” You watch the episode HERE (TV provider required) and see photos of his restored car below:

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Mastodon’s Longtime Manager Nick John Passes Away

Mastodon’s longtime manager Nick John has sadly passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Brann Dailor and Brent Hinds confirmed the news on Instagram. Unfortunately, Mastodon have had a long history with cancer and the disease even played a role in the concept of their 2017 album “Emperor Of Sand.“

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Thank you for your guidance, your wisdom , your never ending hard work and dedication to Mastodon, always pushing and reaching turning over every stone to make sure we were always protected and always had every opportunity any of us could dream of. Thank you for making yourself available morning noon and night to handle every crisis or situation that ever came up. Thank you for being so passionate and believing in us with such enthusiasm that we considered you part of the band. Thank you for your calm demeanor, your level head and your sharp sense of humor. Thank you for showing all of us how to work our phones and computers with incredible patience via NJ solutions. Thank you for your smile and your infectious laugh but most of all, thank you for your unconditional love and friendship, we love you very much and are going to miss you more than we know. We love you Nick John. RIP. Sending love and strength to his wife @theoriginalleen who is also a dear friend of ours. We love you Colleen! #nickjohn #bestdudeever

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R.I.P. Nick John 💔

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Mastodon’s Brent Hinds On Being In A Band: “This Is Definitely The Most Brutal Job I’ve Ever Had”

It’s no secret that it’s extremely tough being in an international touring band in this day and age and Mastodon’s Brent Hinds recently opened up about that harsh reality during an appearance on Dean Delray‘s Let There Be Talk podcast. He even went as far as saying that being in a band “is definitely the most brutal job [he’s] ever had.”

Ultimate-Guitar shared the following transcription:

“When are you guys going to work on a new album?

What I really wanna do and what I hope people will let me do is take some fuckin’ time off and let me breathe. That’s how shitty the music industry is. Because you’ve got to work your dick into the dirt before you can see any worms.

This is definitely the most brutal job I’ve ever had. I would definitely rather frame houses again. Like, no one’s looking at me. It’s like, ‘Stop looking at me just because I fuckin’ play a goddamn show on the stage.’ I don’t give a fuck. Honestly, I just don’t care. Never have cared.

But when the opportunity’s there and you strike and it happens and then they milk you… I feel like I’m being milked like a dry hyena titty. I have nothing left for anyone. They’ve worked me to my fuckin’ soul, it is almost gone.

My next thing that’s gonna happen for me is I’m not gonna play music for a year or two. I need to go regather myself.

After this tour?

Never said that. I said that’s what’s next for me. As far as me, what’s next for me, is that.

Now, what’s next for me in my job – I couldn’t tell ya. They probably got tours booked up their fuckin’… Their bank accounts. I don’t know. They got me booked as long as they need to eat. Or as long as they need to shop. Or whatever they do with their money.

I don’t care. All I care about is my peace of mind, which is leaving me. So I need to stop and recalculate myself. I need to decompress from all this and I need to press the restart button and just kind of reboot myself in a way.

I just got married about a year or so ago. I gotta go down there and meet all her family. I’ve been on tour constantly. It’s just not healthy. My next thing to me is to go get healthy and just to get away from the music business for hopefully over a year.

It’s okay. It’ll be okay. I can still play music. If people want me to play good music they need to let me go for a year. If anyone that had a half of mind that was in charge of anything that I did would listen to what I say and not ignore what I say. Which happens a lot.

…You teach online?

No. Only when I’m on tour. I don’t do anything online. I wake up, I have to give a guitar lesson at 1, and then the soundcheck starts, and then the interviews start, and then meet-and-greet starts, and then the doors open.

We even rarely have time to hang out with the people that you’ve become very fond of in those parts of the world. Because they work you like a broke-dick dog because of how fucked the music industry is for rock ‘n’ roll and heavy metal.

Any kind of music that requires raw talent – good luck.”

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Mastodon Members Comment On Their Manager Nick John’s Cancer Battle

Mastodon previously cancelled their tour with Dinosaur Jr. and Netherlands due to “a critical situation of a member of the Mastodon family.” Now, Brent Hinds and Brann Dailor have revealed that their longtime manager Nick John is currently battling pancreatic cancer. They posted the following:

Mastodon Cancel Tour With Dinosaur Jr. & Netherlands

Mastodon have cancelled their North American tour with Dinosaur Jr. and Netherlands due to a “critical situation.” The band commented:

“Mastodon regrets to inform fans that due to a critical situation of a member of the Mastodon family, their upcoming tour with Dinosaur Jr. will be cancelled. Tickets and VIP upgrades will be refunded at point of purchase. Mastodon would like to extend their sincerest thanks to their loyal fans as well as the fans of Dinosaur Jr. for their support and understanding at this time. The band hopes to make up these shows at a future time, but as of now, no plans for rescheduling have been set.”

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds To Sell Guitars, Amps, Etc. From His Personal Collection

Mastodon’s Brent Hinds has teamed up with Reverb to sell various guitars, amps, and more from his personal collection. The shop will officially launch on August 23 and a preview of the items up for grabs can be found HERE.

Hinds commented:

“There comes a time in your life when you have to get rid of everything and for me, that time is now. The music gear I’m selling in my Reverb shop is legitimate shit. All of it was heavily used — all over the world on tour, in the studio, and beyond. A lot of early Mastodon work was created on this gear.”

Here’s a list of items:

* A one-of-a-kind Robert Randolph Custom Sierra 13-string pedal steel guitar that Hinds bought from renowned pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph over a decade ago and played on “Once More ‘Round The Sun” and “Cold Dark Place”.

* A cream 1981 Gibson Flying V electric guitar that has traveled all over the world with Hinds and Mastodon.

* A first act custom shop Lola double neck electric guitar played on “Crack The Skye” and used live during the tour that supported the same album. Hinds helped design the guitar, which is the only one in existence.

* A Hammond Colonnade full-sized church organ used on every Mastodon record made up until “Crack The Skye” was released. “God, that thing is so cool,” Hinds said while talking about the organ. “Now I don’t want to sell it!”

* A black 2008 Gibson Flying V ‘67 Reissue electric guitar used on tour and to record several of MASTODON’s earlier records, including “Oblivion” and “Crack The Skye”.

* A black Dean V 79 Classic electric guitar and a red Calzone standing road case, both of which were used extensively on tour.

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Mastodon To Begin Songwriting Process For New Album In Early 2019

Mastodon are tentatively planning to start the songwriting process for their new album early next year. Brann Dailor told Consequence Of Sound the following;

“We’re always a work in progress, trying to figure out what we’re going to do next. We’re letting the ideas just come and setting them to the side for future work, and once in a while just sort of saying out loud what those ideas might be — whether they’re collected onstage when we’re doing soundcheck or if they are something that gets worked on backstage. You hear somebody noodling, and you’re like, ‘Oh, what’s that?’ Whenever the ears perk up to either [guitarists] Brent [Hinds] or Bill [Kelliher] doing something backstage, that’s always a nice little surprise. Once we get home, and we decompress from the Emperor Of Sand tour cycle, sometime early next year, we’ll start dumping out the riffs and seeing what’s new and seeing what’s fresh and what we’re digging on, and then we’ll just start working — do what we normally do.”