Many thanks to Kathy for letting me know about this incredible performance. I had to share it with you; maybe you'll enjoy it and maybe not, depending on your musical taste, but I just found it riveting. In spite of the fact that the song was cut short of its original 8 minutes, it's still pretty impressive.
When Stairway to Heaven came out I was 8 years old. Not only wasn't it the kind of music that was played in my house, but I was too young anyway to appreciate the genius that was Led Zeppelin. Indeed, I didn't appreciate them until I was way older; all weird chord progressions, cryptic lyrics, and Jimmy Page. Now I listen to them a lot, and my band covers a couple of their songs. We have DVDs, and there is concert footage on Palladia frequently, from when they were young and beautiful and millions adored them and their whole lives lay before them. They broke up in 1980, when drummer John Bonham tragically drank himself to death and the rest of the band decided that there was no replacing him.
|Bonham, Jones, Plant & Page; a match made in heaven.|
It is, of course, fitting that Heart should be the band to perform the epic Stairway; Heart covers many of Zeppelin's songs in their live performances. It was also gratifying that Jason Bonham should pay tribute to his father, who has been referred to as one of the greatest, if not THE greatest rock drummer of all time. Jason, obviously, is no slouch either.