UPDATE: Mastodon and Gojira manager Nick John has passed away following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Both bands paid their respects via social media. See their posts below. R.I.P.
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Thank you for your guidance, your wisdom , your never ending hard work and dedication to Mastodon, always pushing and reaching turning over every stone to make sure we were always protected and always had every opportunity any of us could dream of. Thank you for making yourself available morning noon and night to handle every crisis or situation that ever came up. Thank you for being so passionate and believing in us with such enthusiasm that we considered you part of the band. Thank you for your calm demeanor, your level head and your sharp sense of humor. Thank you for showing all of us how to work our phones and computers with incredible patience via NJ solutions. Thank you for your smile and your infectious laugh but most of all, thank you for your unconditional love and friendship, we love you very much and are going to miss you more than we know. We love you Nick John. RIP. Sending love and strength to his wife @theoriginalleen who is also a dear friend of ours. We love you Colleen! #nickjohn #bestdudeever
ORIGINAL STORY, 9/4/18: Mastodon announced last week they'd have to cancel their upcoming co-headlining tour with Dinosaur Jr. and Netherlands, citing a "critical situation of a member of the Mastodon family." Now the band's Brent Hinds and Brann Dailor — the group's guitarist/vocalist and drummer/vocalist, respectively — have taken to social media to voice support for their longtime friend and manager Nick John, who, they revealed, is currently struggling with pancreatic cancer.
In his poignant post, Hinds asks fans for "very strong amazing vibes" for Johns, and credits the manager as the main force behind Mastodon's success as a band. "He is withering away and taking a little bit of me with him," the guitarist concluded, with a broken heart emoji. Dailor shared similar sentiments in his Instagram post, writing, "I don't know where Mastodon would be without him. He is absolutely integral to the success we have achieved as a band not to mention one of the best people you'd ever hope to meet. We all deeply love and care for him." No official statement has been issued by the band. Mastodon's last LP, 2017's Emperor of Sand, is a concept album about the devastating effects of cancer, which have struck the group hard over the years.
Help send all the power and love of the universe to our dear friend and manager Nick John. I don’t know where Mastodon would be without him. He is absolutely integral to the success we have achieved as a band not to mention one of the best people you’d ever hope to meet. We all deeply love and care for him. Send your love his way. Thank you
The most kind and beautiful being is in need of very strong amazing vibes more than a ever ..! My friend and manager @nickjzoso who is mainly responsible for mastodons success has been stricken with pancreatic cancer and has been fighting so hard that he is withering away and taking a little bit of me with him.