“In early September 2018, we lost one of our closest friends and our biggest fan, our manager Nick John,” the band explained in a statement. “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.”
They said that his “favorite band besides us and GOJIRA was LED ZEPPELIN. We were asked to perform ‘Stairway to Heaven’ at his funeral. Afterwards, finding out that someone had recorded it, we figured we should record a studio version and release it on RSD 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!”
You can listen to MASTODON‘s cover of “Stairway to Heaven” below.