Mastodon are still reeling from the loss of their longtime manager, Nick John, who they considered a father figure. In celebration of their late manager, the band will release a limited 10″ vinyl, simply entitled “Stairway to Nick John”, on Record Store Day.
The death of Mastodon’s longtime manager, Nick John, has weighed heavily on the metal band, who canceled their entire fall tour with Dinosaur Jr. right before he passed away in September. The band noted that besides Mastodon and Gojira (who John also managed), his favorite band was Led Zeppelin. They are now honoring the man who helped guide their career by recording a cover of the Led Zeppelin classic “Stairway to Heaven”.
Mastodon announced on August 30th, 2018, that they would be canceling their tour due to a “critical situation of a member of the Mastodon family”. Shortly thereafter, it was revealed that John, who also managed Gojira, was battling pancreatic cancer. And only a few days after that, guitarist-singer Brent Hinds informed fans that John had passed away.
The band performed “Stairway to Heaven” at John’s funeral, and after seeing a recording of the performance, they decided to make a limited release in his honor with proceeds donated to charity. Here’s what the band has to say:
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.
In addition to the Mastodon offering, Warner Bros. have also revealed a wealth of new Record Store Day vinyl, including Green Day’s “Woodstock 1994” live platter, My Chemical Romance’s “The Black Parade Is Dead (Live in Mexico)”, soundtracks for the Transformers movies and additional offerings from The Flaming Lips, Eric Clapton, Goo Goo Dolls, Gorillaz, Emmylou Harris, Houndmouth and a variety of other soundtracks.
Well, this sounds like it’s going to be amazing so be sure to visit the Record Store Day website for a full rundown of vinyl offerings for the special day.