UPDATE: Mastodon singer-guitarist Brent Hinds revealed that the band’s longtime manager, Nick John, is battling pancreatic cancer. Hinds posted a note about John’s diagnosis on Instagram days after the band canceled a tour with Dinosaur Jr. due to a “critical situation.”
On Instagram, Hinds said, “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.”
In his own post, Mastodon drummer Brann Dailor added, “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 and Dinosaur Jr. have canceled their upcoming tour due to an unspecified “critical situation.” The 13-date trek was set to kick off September 1st in Edmonton, Canada and wrap September 21st in Silver Spring, Maryland.
“Mastodon regrets to inform fans that due to a critical situation of a member of the Mastodon family, their upcoming tour with Dinosaur Jr. will be cancelled,” the band said in a statement. “Mastodon would like to extend their sincerest thanks to their loyal fans as well as the fans of Dinosaur Jr. for their support and understanding at this time.”
Mastodon noted that tickets at VIP upgrades would be refunded at the point of purchase. The band said they also hoped to make up the canceled shows in the future, “but as of now, no plans for rescheduling have been set.”
On Twitter, Dinosaur Jr. shared a statement that noted, as a result of the tour cancellation, their own August 31st gig in Missoula, Montana would also be canceled. The rock outfit said they were working to reschedule both the Missoula show and other concerts in some of the cities they were supposed to visit with Mastodon.