Listen to Mastodon’s cover of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven

Mastodon (Image credit: Jimmy Hubbard)

Mastodon have released their cover of Led Zeppelin classic Stairway To Heaven.

The band launched their take on the track last weekend to mark Record Store Day – and they’ve now made it available for everyone who didn’t get their hands of the 1500-run 10-inch disc on Saturday.

Mastodon decided to cover the track in honour of their manager Nick John, who died last year after a battle with pancreatic cancer (opens in new tab) after performing the song at his funeral.

Proceeds from sales of the single will to to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Mastodon say in a statement: “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 favourite 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 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!”

Mastodon will head out on the road with Coheed And Cambria on The Unheavenly Skye Tour from May, where Brann Dailor, Bill Kelliher, Brent Hinds and Troy Sanders will play Crack The Skye in its entirety to mark its 10th anniversary.

The Unheavenly Skye Tour 2019
May 28: Louisville Iroquois Amphitheater, KY
May 29: Columbus Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheatre, OH
May 31: Atlanta Coca-Cola Roxy, GA
Jun 01: Simpsonville CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park, SC
Jun 02: Baltimore MECU Pavilion, MD
Jun 04: Asbury Park Stone Pony Summer Stage, NJ
Jun 06: Boston Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, MA
Jun 07: New York Ford Amphitheater, NY
Jun 08: Camden BB&T Pavilion, NJ
Jun 10: Pittsburgh Stage AE, PA
Jun 11: Detroit Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre At Freedom Hill, IL
Jun 13: Council Bluffs Harrah’s Council Bluffs, IA
Jun 14: Chicago Huntington Bank Pavilion At Northerly Island, IL
Jun 15: Minneapolis The Armory, MN
Jun 18: Kansas City Starlight Theatre, MO
Jun 19: Denver Fillmore Auditorium, CO
Jun 20: Salt Lake City The Great Saltair, UT
Jun 22: Seattle Marymoor, MA
Jun 23: Portland Theater Of The Clouds At Moda Center, OR
Jun 25: San Francisco The Masonic, CA
Jun 26: San Diego Petco Park – Park at the Park, CA
Jun 28: Las Vegas The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, NV
Jun 29: Los Angeles Greek Theatre, GA
Jun 30: Phoenix Nevada, Comerica Theatre, AZ
Jul 02: Austin 360 Amphitheater, TX
Jul 03: Irving The Pavilion At Toyota Music Factory, TX

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