Mason is from Maple Grove, Minnesota and was born with cerebral palsy, which is a neurological condition that greatly affects movement and balance, and also speech and cognition. He is on a wheelchair and is very weak to enjoy growing up like any other kid. But there is one thing that he loves, and no one can take it away from him – listening to heavy metal music.
Mason has been a metal head ever since he was a baby. Once, when Mason was crying, and his parents tried everything but just couldn’t seem to do anything to make him stop. That’s when his dad, Richard McDeid, played a Metallica album and that stopped the wailing. There was even a laugh on Mason’s face!
If there was anything that could calm Mason, it was metal music. And listening to metal music through his childhood, his love for the genre of music grew more and more.
His dad, who raised Mason all by himself, recognized that heavy metal music relaxes and comforts Mason, and he started taking Mason to metal concerts. His first concert was Rage Against The Machine in 2008, when Mason was twelve years old.
And thus, the journey began.
The father and son duo have been to about 1,200 rock band shows, and that includes Metallica – eight times from the front row in six different states!
As amazing it has been for Mason and Richard to be on the road and go see these bands perform live, it hasn’t been so easy on Mason. In 2017, Mason became very sick and was hospitalized. He wasn’t looking so good and the doctors were trying their best to get him back to normal. Richard realized that he cannot take Mason to these rock shows like before and that’s when it struck him. He decided to get the bands to Minnesota and give Mason the best show of his life as a birthday present.
Richard could not make it happen for Mason’s birthday as Mason was still very weak and in recovery. He was able to put it together for March 2018, which also happened to be National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month.
The show was called ‘Mason Metalfest’.
He got 10 bands to play and there were so many metalheads who came out and supported Mason. With all the positivity around, it sure contributed a lot to Mason’s full recovery.
Now, the Mason Metalfest has turned into an annual event that helps raise awareness about cerebral palsy. And Mason, who is 23 now, is the official music correspondent for it.
Isn’t it amazing?
The 2019 Mason Metalfest is happening in Minneapolis on 23rd March.