Mastodon cover Led Zeppelin

2019-04-15 by CugnoBrasso | 37 Comments
In a tribute to their recently deceased former manager Nick John, Mastodon decided to cover Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven".

The song is available on YouTube and has been pressed on vinyl for Record Store Day. Side B of the vinyl (Stairway to Nick John) features the same song performed live at John's funeral, recorded by Gojira's Joe Duplantier on his phone.

The band wrote, "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."



Tagged: Mastodon

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rodrigo90
April 15th 2019
5204 Comments


AND OF COURSE THEY CHOOSE THEIR MOST POPULAR SONG.

God, how difficult it is for a band to choose a deep cut?. I mean, alice in chains covered rush's tears and that's not their most popular song in 2112.

Odal
April 15th 2019
372 Comments


bruh, how can you seriously complain they covered Stairway to Heaven when it was clearly a tribute to their friend and manager lol

garas
April 15th 2019
416 Comments


It was pretty cool. And it was very kind from them.

Darius the Great
April 15th 2019
20140 Comments


how did i know this was going to happen

NastyCrab
April 15th 2019
788 Comments


Not trying to detract from how cool/nice this is but:

"Side B of the vinyl (Stairway to Nick John) features the same song performed live at John's funeral, recorded by Gojira's Joe Duplantier on his phone."

lol

LOVEANDACCEPTANCE
April 15th 2019
595 Comments


you guys some serious dickheads

RippingCorpse1986
April 15th 2019
3076 Comments


This video appeared in my YouTube recommendations yesterday, didn't know it was a recent cover and that it was a tribute to their manager.
Solid rendition.

NastyCrab
April 15th 2019
788 Comments


^That doesn't sound like love OR acceptance. I should clarify I just think it's funny they're pressing a phone recording. The act itself is awesome and a nice tribute.

Uzumaki
April 15th 2019
784 Comments


From what I recall, it was Nick Johns’ favorite song, so that’s why they did a cover for it.

kmagnum1x
April 15th 2019
441 Comments


6:30 mixing fail

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2019
15251 Comments


Goddamn this is good

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2019
25114 Comments


"AND OF COURSE THEY CHOOSE THEIR MOST POPULAR SONG.

God, how difficult it is for a band to choose a deep cut?. I mean, alice in chains covered rush's tears and that's not their most popular song in 2112."

shut the fuck up lol sometimes it's hard to believe people commenting here are adults

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Matthias812
April 15th 2019
45 Comments


Really loved that they did this but I wish the vocals weren't so processed the whole time.

And really? Bitching about covering Stairway? C'mon, it's not like this is Crazy Train or Sweet Child. This is a difficult song to cover and yet still keep that vibe of the original. Mastodon succeeded.

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robotmagician
April 15th 2019
1096 Comments


its not a mixing fail. this is ripped from someone’s vinyl copy and the record skips. happens again at 7:09

Flugmorph
April 15th 2019
20905 Comments


rodrigoing

BigHans
April 15th 2019
29582 Comments


This is killer.

Flugmorph
April 15th 2019
20905 Comments


unremarkable tbh

CygnusX1
April 15th 2019
510 Comments


I picture Joe Duplantier recording Mastodon playing Stairway on his phone thinking to himself "fuck yeah this will make a great B side". Cool tribute.

AdolfChrist
April 15th 2019
20673 Comments


shut the fuck up, rodrigo.

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SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2019
8937 Comments


"AND OF COURSE THEY CHOOSE THEIR MOST POPULAR SONG.
God, how difficult it is for a band to choose a deep cut?. I mean, alice in chains covered rush's tears and that's not their most popular song in 2112."

How difficult is it for you to not act like an absolute heap of steaming garbage? Goddamn.


Also, this isn't an official upload. This article needs to be taken down.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2019
15530 Comments


The audio is cut in several places, definitely not the best way to present this, otherwise beautiful cover. Brann absolutely killed it.

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Source
April 15th 2019
10290 Comments


lol rod

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SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2019
8937 Comments


"The audio is cut in several places, definitely not the best way to present this"

That's cos it's some random dude who uploaded it to youtube, not the band. This is, for now, a strictly physical release.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2019
15530 Comments


Yeah, Sitar, agree. I was actually referring to the ripped audio. Hopefully we get some official streaming or download at some point.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2019
8937 Comments


Ah gotcha. I hope so too cos I really dig it. It's straightforward while still being very Mastodon-y.

Lalka
April 16th 2019
150 Comments


Skip to solo. The rest is meh.

Morningrise767
April 16th 2019
577 Comments


A lovely tribute from the band.

AdolfChrist
April 16th 2019
20673 Comments


"Skip to solo."

you mean skip to the YES A MASTODON GUITAR SOLO!!!

Faraudo
April 16th 2019
2825 Comments


"AND OF COURSE THEY CHOOSE THEIR MOST POPULAR SONG.

God, how difficult it is for a band to choose a deep cut?. I mean, alice in chains covered rush's tears and that's not their most popular song in 2112."

Calm down my man, it's just an homage lol.


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e210013
April 16th 2019
2256 Comments


Nice tribute and very moving. I'm very impressed. All we must buy this version to contribute to help the pancreatic cancer research.

Demon of the Fall
April 16th 2019
10115 Comments


I saw the headline and was instantly filled with dread, but having actually read the news article in full (unlike some people, ahem Rodrigo) then I can only have good things to say. Nice gesture.

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Ikarus14
April 16th 2019
1312 Comments


Damn, that's so cool of them.

tigersbrokefree
April 16th 2019
233 Comments


Imagine being the guy who complains about song selection for a tribute.

Ain't bad. This rendition, I mean.

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SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
April 17th 2019
8937 Comments


No skips + the live B side version

https://youtu.be/1ZoncKymPwc

Makemebad35
April 17th 2019
896 Comments


really nice cover

Kompys2000
April 17th 2019
2527 Comments


Yeah they definitely did it justice. A little straightforward, but hey, if it ain't broke right?

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AdolfChrist
April 17th 2019
20673 Comments


It pretty much sounds like the same thing, im not into it at all, but i realize what its about and that its not about me or the band and what they could have done with it.



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