MASTODON Members Comment On Manager's Cancer Battle

September 3, 2018

Members of MASTODON have commented on their longtime manager's cancer battle.

Late last month, the Atlanta progressive metal band canceled its tour with DINOSAUR JR. "due to a critical situation of a member of the MASTODON family," according to a statement released by the group.

Over the weekend, vocalist/guitarist Brent Hinds and drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor took to their respective Instagram pages to ask their fans to send some positive thoughts and vibes to Nick John of The Rick Sales Entertainment Group, who is undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Hinds wrote: "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 MASTODON's 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."

Dailor said: "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"

MASTODON's tour with DINOSAUR JR. was scheduled to kick off on September 1 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

MASTODON won a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in January at Madison Square Garden in New York City. MASTODON got the nod for the song "Sultan's Curse" from its 2017 album "Emperor Of Sand", with the latter also being nominated for "Best Rock Album." It was the fourth and fifth time MASTODON had received Grammy nominations, having missed out on the three previous occasions — "Colony Of Birchmen" (2007),"Curl Of The Burl" (2012) and "High Road" (2015) — it had been up for the "Best Metal Performance" award.

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