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Mastodon's longtime manager Nick John dies

Saturday, September 8, 2018 3:38 PM PT


Nick John, an artist manager with Rick Sales Entertainment and longtime manager of Mastodon, has passed away from pancreatic cancer. You may recall that the band abruptly canceled their tour with Dinosaur Jr. ten days ago due to John's declining health.

John also managed Gojira and has worked with a slew of metal artists over the years, including Slayer and High On Fire.

Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor paid tribute to John via Instagram:

"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, who is also a dear friend of ours. We love you Colleen!"


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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

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12 comments


anonymous
9/8/2018 3:48:22 PM
fck Cancer

9/8/2018 4:05:42 PM
rest in peace

anonymous
9/8/2018 5:03:21 PM
Everyone dies, but does everyone truly live?

anonymous
9/8/2018 6:13:28 PM
I'm still looking for that photo of Mastodon in a trailer with lines of coke on the table.

anonymous
9/8/2018 7:45:31 PM
why does the guy on the right only have 1 ear gauged out. That is like the dude in the 90s with 1 eye brow piercing or just 1 eyebrow pierced in the first place. Same as one nipple...i mean come on you have 2 of them. Only having one ear pierced is like pseudo gay circa 85

anonymous
9/8/2018 9:02:27 PM
I won't be posting anything about Donald Trump of Hillary Clinton today.

Hope you have gone to a better place, without pain or suffering, Nick.

anonymous
9/9/2018 6:44:23 AM
he can be Mac Miller's manager now

anonymous
9/9/2018 1:42:04 PM
I'm the dunning kruger guy usually posting about mint merch bundles, camo windbreakers, and mesh funeral shorts, but NOT. HERE. AND. NOT. NOW. RIP Nick 'Porta' Jon. Any groovy ass management techniques in heavy music from here on out will owe their careers to Jon.


ps - I have a little acorn dick :( ( (

9/9/2018 1:42:44 PM
^ I LOVE THIS. Well played. Nailed it.

anonymous
9/9/2018 1:46:22 PM
of course, it couldn't have taken the idiot with the terrible vocals that has been ruining every album for the past 10+ years. it had to be one of the good ones.

anonymous
9/9/2018 1:52:12 PM
I have a joke but I don't wanna share it,
I have a tear but I don't wanna bare it,
I have lips but no one to kiss,
Earth is not flat but water is.
A lot of good people been up but here now gone,
I genuinely love the shit out of the band, Mastodon.

-notsummers

anonymous
9/9/2018 4:38:39 PM
RIP