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 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.”

Gojira Pay Tribute To Late Manager Nick John

As previously reported, Mastodon’s longtime manager Nick John passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Now, Gojira, who John also managed, have issued a statement as well:

“We lost an exceptional human being this morning. Our manager and dear friend Nick John. We carry him in our hearts. Our thoughts go to Colleen John, his wife and to all who loved him. 🖤”

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 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: