Longtime artist manager Nick John passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.
Nick was an integral part of Rick Sales Entertainment for more than 20 years, working closely with Slayer in a management capacity as well as earning Executive Producer credits for the band's God Hates Us All, War at The Warfield, Soundtrack to the Apocalypse and Still Reigning. In 2004, he signed Mastodon to RSE, taking them to five Grammy nominations and the Best Metal Performance Grammy Award this year for Sultan's Curse. He started working with the French metal band Gojira in 2012 who went on to two Grammy nominations in 2016. Nick began his record business career in the early 90s as a valued intern at Rick Rubin's Def American Recordings.
In what can be a challenging industry, Nick was well known to be a kind and gentle soul and an overall amazing human who touched countless lives.
Nick is survived by his wife Colleen, his mother and sister. Information regarding services will be announced shortly.