Who doesn’t love a good cover song? Especially when it’s done for the right reasons! Well Mastodon have covered the Led Zeppelin classic ‘Stairway to Heaven‘ (renamed ‘Stairway to Nick John‘ as a tribute to their late manager Nick John who sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer last September.
The band revealed the reason why they went down the path of releasing it for Record Store Day and for the cause behind it stating:
“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.”
The limited edition 10″ vinyl was made public over the weekend, but it looks like fans snatched it up quicker than expected. If you find one, it’s got the studio version on Side A and live version on side B.
What a great initiative and gesture for their old, dearest friend…