After some very powerful prodding from one of my parental units, I finally watched Heart perform Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ And judging by the 10 million view count, it appears I’m the last to look. Better late than never I suppose. The Honors took place in December, 2012, and included the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. Of their pressure-packed performance, Ann and Nancy Wilson said, “that’s not an easy song,” and they were pleased when the surviving members found them after the show to express their gratitude. Watch below to see a little piece of history.
“Well, if you listen to the two songs, you can make your own judgment. It’s an exact… I’d say it was a rip-off. And the guys made millions of bucks on it and never said, “Thank you,” never said, “Can we pay you some money for it?” It’s kind of a sore point with me. Maybe some day their conscience will make them do something about it. I don’t know. There are funny business dealings between record companies, managers, publishers, and artists. But when artists do it to other artists, there’s no excuse for that. I’m mad! [laughs]” The late Randy California of the band ‘Spirit, ‘ discussing how Led Zeppelin ripped-off of his song, ‘Taurus,’ for the intro to ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ Listen to the two songs below.