MASTODON Covered ZEPPELIN’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’

April 16, 2019

One of the coolest things about Record Store Day is when bands you love cover other bands you love. Mastodon did that this year and did the unthinkable – they covered Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven” (in honor of their late manager, Nick John). And they did a great job! All proceeds from the single will be donated to pancreatic cancer research.

Here’s what Mastodon posted on their FB page: “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 is Available as of April 13th and will have the studio version on side A and the live version on side B.

Pretty good cover by Mastodon. What’s the best all-time?


Written by Todd Hancock