American heavy metal band, Mastodon has recorded a cover of Led Zeppelin's famed song, 'Stairway to Heaven' to pay their respects to their late manager, Nick John.
Dubbed as 'Stairway to Nick John', the single was released on Record Store Day last weekend with all proceeds will be donated to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
"In early September 2018, we lost one of our closest friends and our biggest fan, our manager Nick John," Mastodon 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."
Listen to the song below.
Led Zeppelin was one of Nick John's favourite bands and Mastodon was 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," the band said. "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!"
Over 1,500 copies of the 10" single were produced, with a live version of the song on the B-side.