Mastodon and Dinosaur Jr. have canceled their fall North American tour. Dinosaur Jr. shared a statement saying that the tour, which was scheduled to begin on September 1, was canceled “due to a critical situation of a member of the Mastodon family.” The band said they were “working to schedule shows in some of the other affected markets” and said that tickets for all cancelled shows would be refunded.
Mastodon toured North America throughout the summer, and played two festival dates in Japan earlier this month. Last week, Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis announced an upcoming solo album and accompanying tour. See the full list of cancelled dates below.
We regret to announce that our tour with Mastodon has been canceled. Full statement here, more info to come. pic.twitter.com/SzOBLwZFor
— Dinosaur Jr (@dinosaurjr) August 30, 2018
Update (9/4): Members of Mastodon have revealed that the reason for the tour cancelation was the pancreatic cancer diagnosis of band manager Nick John. “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,” guitarist Brett Hinds wrote on Insatgram.
“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,” drummer Brann Dailor wrote in a separate post. “We all deeply love and care for him. Send your love his way.”
Dinosaur Jr. have since rescheduled shows in several of the cities they’d planned to play with Mastodon.
See Hinds and Dailor’s Instagram posts below.