Stairway to Heaven
Wilson makes another key point about the song, and its lyrical and musical appeal — that before Stairway, Zeppelin were perceived almost exclusively as a band for men. But when Zep IV came out, it just really spoke to me, and they opened themselves up to everybody.
Prior to Zeppelin IV, I was just barely getting into rock bands.
I was still the only woman in the band, and the one chosen to sing the ballads and stand around and bang a tambourine. Certainly, playing it live presented problems for Zeppelin. That seemed to make the most sense. He says crowds responded quickly to the song. And what were you gonna follow it with? All still have plenty of admirers, but only Stairway is known to everyone who listens to rock music.
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Stairway, like many other Zeppelin songs, has become mired in controversy amid accusations of plagiarism. These days Ann Wilson — who played the song in front of President Barack Obama with her sister Nancy at a Kennedy Center gala to honour Led Zeppelin in — envies those getting to hear Stairway for the first time.
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Stairway To Heaven
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Stairway to Heaven: the story of a song and its legacy
As part of Record Store Day, which happened this past weekend, Mastodon released a special 7" vinyl featuring a cover of the Led Zeppelin classic "Stairway to Heaven. The song is now available for streaming.
The song was released in tribute to their deceased longtime manager , Nick John, who they considered a father figure. The band performed "Stairway to Heaven" at John's funeral, and after seeing a recording of the performance, they decided to make a limited release in his honor with proceeds donated to charity. Here's what the band has to say:.
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In early September , we lost one of our closest friends and our biggest fan, our manager Nick John. From our highest highs to our lowest lows he was always there. Every single move we made went through him first as our trust in him was marrow deep.