Listen To Mastodon’s Cover Of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven”

Mastodon recently paid tribute to their late manager Nick John by releasing a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” on vinyl as part of this year’s Record Store Day. That track has since leaked online and can be heard below:

The band previously commented:

“In early September 2018, we lost one of our closest friends and our biggest fan, our manager Nick John. He was essentially the band’s Dad. From our highest highs to our lowest lows he was always there. Every single move we made went through him first as our trust in him was marrow deep. His favorite band besides us and Gojira, was Led Zeppelin.

We were asked to perform ‘Stairway to Heaven‘ at his funeral. Afterward, finding out that someone had recorded it, we figured we should record a studio version and release it on Record Store Day as a tribute to Nick with all the proceeds to be donated to pancreatic cancer research. We would not be the band we are today without the help of Nick John. We miss him dearly and think of him always. We love you buddy.

The limited edition 10-inch vinyl features the Studio Version on Side A and a Live Version on Side B. It will be available in participating independent retailers on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

All of the proceeds benefit the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.”

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Mastodon Share Part Three Of “Crack The Skye” 10th Anniversary Video Series

Mastodon have been celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Crack The Skye” with a video series focusing on the making of the album. You can check out the third part of the series below. As previously reported, the band will also perform the effort in full on their upcoming tour with Coheed And Cambria and Every Time I Die.

Mastodon Share Part Two Of “Crack The Skye” 10th Anniversary Video Series

Mastodon are celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Crack The Skye” with a video series focusing on the making of the album. You can check out the second part of the series below. As previously reported, the band will also perform the effort in full on their upcoming tour with Coheed And Cambria and Every Time I Die.

Mastodon Share Part One Of “Crack The Skye” 10th Anniversary Video Series

Mastodon are celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Crack The Skye” with a video series focusing on the making of the album. You can check out the first part below and find some anniversary merch HERE. As previously reported, the band will also perform the effort in full on their upcoming tour with Coheed And Cambria and Every Time I Die.

Mastodon To Release Cover Of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” As A Tribute To Their Late Manager

Mastodon have announced that they will be releasing a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” as a tribute to their late manager Nick John, who sadly passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer. The track will be available as part of this year’s Record Store Day (April 13) and proceeds will go towards the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

The band commented:

“In early September 2018, we lost one of our closest friends and our biggest fan, our manager Nick John. He was essentially the band’s Dad. From our highest highs to our lowest lows he was always there. Every single move we made went through him first as our trust in him was marrow deep. His favorite band besides us and Gojira, was Led Zeppelin.

We were asked to perform ‘Stairway to Heaven‘ at his funeral. Afterward, finding out that someone had recorded it, we figured we should record a studio version and release it on Record Store Day as a tribute to Nick with all the proceeds to be donated to pancreatic cancer research. We would not be the band we are today without the help of Nick John. We miss him dearly and think of him always. We love you buddy.

The limited edition 10-inch vinyl features the Studio Version on Side A and a Live Version on Side B. It will be available in participating independent retailers on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

All of the proceeds benefit the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.”

Coheed And Cambria, Mastodon, & Every Time I Die Announce U.S. Tour

Coheed And Cambria, Mastodon, and Every Time I Die have announced a U.S. tour together. It’s worth noting that Mastodon will be performing “Crack The Skye” in full on this run to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Tour Dates:

05/28 Louisville, KY – Iroquois Amphitheater
05/29 Columbus, OH – Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheatre
05/31 Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
06/01 Simpsonville, SC – CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park Simpsonville
06/02 Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion
06/04 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
06/06 Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
06/07 New York, NY – Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk
06/08 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
06/10 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE – Outdoors
06/11 Detroit, MI – Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
06/13 Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Council Bluffs – Stir Cove
06/14 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
06/15 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
06/18 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
06/19 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
06/20 Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Saltair
06/22 Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park
06/23 Portland, OR – Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center
06/25 San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
06/26 San Diego, CA – Petco Park – Park at the Park
06/28 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
06/29 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
06/30 Phoenix, NV – Comerica Theatre
07/02 Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater
07/03 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Brann Dailor Says “Some Circumstances” Got In The Way Of Mastodon Releasing Their New Song With Scott Kelly (Neurosis)

As previously reported, Mastodon were supposed to release a new song with Scott Kelly (Neurosis) before their European/UK tour, but that obviously didn’t happen. Now, during an interview with rocksverige.se, Brann Dailor revealed that “there were some circumstances that got in the way” of them releasing the track.

Dailor said the following:

“We wanted to release it right ahead of this tour, and we were trying really hard, and we had one foot in the studio and one foot on the airplane coming to Europe, and it just didn’t really come together as quickly as we wanted it to. It’s finished—the song is fully finished and it’s mastered and ready to rock—but we’ll just have to wait to release it.

It would’ve made sense to release it ahead of this tour because we have Scott Kelly [Neurosis] with us and he sings on some of it, so that would’ve been cool. We missed by a week or something and then we were stupid and went and blabbed about it like it was going to be a done deal. We thought it was going to be done sooner, but there were some circumstances that got in the way, unfortunately. But it’s still a kickass song and it’s pretty heavy.”

Dailor was also asked when the band will be releasing their new album and he responded with the following:

“I think next year would be smarter [than this year], on our part. We need to let people miss us, maybe.”

[via Blabbermouth]