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.

Dub Trio Premiere New Video For “Fought The Line” Feat. Mastodon’s Troy Sanders

Dub Trio have premiered a new video for their new song “Fought The Line.” This track features Mastodon’s Troy Sanders and it will appear on the band’s new album “The Shape Of Dub To Come” (out April 26).

Sanders told Heavy Consequence the following:

“‘Fought The Line‘ references struggle. It comes from a poem that I wrote inspired by a conversation I had with cancer itself. I stared at a face of beautiful, soft skin and assured this face, ‘I will take care of you.’

We’re fighting one battle together. I’m right there, if things fall into my hands. The verses were therapy venting my anger. When people are fighting for their lives, it’s very easy to go off the line. If death is reeling you in, then you have to fight and do anything in your power to overcome it. I just wanted to be there to support.”

Dub Trio Post Preview For New Album “The Shape Of Dub To Come”

Dub Trio have posted a preview for their new album “The Shape Of Dub To Come.” That effort will be released on April 26 and it will feature a few guests including Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, who guested on the recently released song “World Of Inconvenience,” Mastodon’s Troy Sanders, who guested on “Fought The Line,” and Meshell Ndegeocello, who guested on “Forget My Name.“

Metal Allegiance Announce West Coast Fifth Anniversary Dates

Metal Allegiance, the band featuring core members David Ellefson (Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater, etc.) and Mark Menghi, have announced some fifth anniversary shows with Superfix and Weapons Of Anew. The group will be joined by special guests Chuck Billy (Testament), John Bush (Armored Saint), Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head) and Troy Sanders (Mastodon). Max Cavalera (Soulfly, etc.) will also perform at the Phoenix, AZ show and Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus) and Gary Holt (Exodus, Slayer) will perform at the San Francisco, CA show. Here’s the dates:

04/17 Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
04/18 Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater
04/19 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues
04/20 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

Menghi said the following:

“Five years already? Geez… when I thought of the words ‘Metal Allegiance‘ in my local taco joint and the skeleton of a concept, I never imagined MA becoming what it has become. Only a few short months after that, we were on Motörhead‘s ‘Motorboat Cruise‘ and on that boat the future of MA as I knew it (well not at the time) is when everything changed as we thought ‘hey, lets write some music together’.

Well… 2 full-length albums, an EP and many memorable shows later we’re still intact and stronger than ever. I look forward to celebrating with everyone and hope to see many old faces and new ones at these special shows. Each gig is going to be different with some surprise guests planned for each city. In true MA fashion…Ya never know who is gonna show up?!?!”

Skolinick also commented:

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years! While MA has had some memorable one off concerts recently, tour dates have been relatively rare due to schedules. Now the stars have aligned to make this run of shows possible, including a strong lineup that’s touring together for the first time, some great venues and very special guests. Come celebrate with us!”

Ellefson continued:

“Most bands barely survive one album and a tour. So to go from our debut all star jam on Motorboat in 2014, to having full length releases and accompanying world tour dates under our belt, five years has packed a big loud punch from Metal Allegiance. I think it shows that great music and friendship have always been at the heart of Metal Allegiance so this five year milestone finds us a perfect celebration for just that!”

Portnoy added:

“5 years of hanging, jamming, thrashing, ball crushing and ball busting with this wrecking crew! I love being able to write, record and perform this music with these guys…it’s always a blast!”