A Stairway to Heaven from the Heart

According to Wikipedia

The Kennedy Center Honors is an annual honor given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture. The Honors have been presented annually since 1978 in Washington, D.C., during gala weekend-long events that culminate in a performance honoring the Honorees at the Kennedy Center Opera House.

Led Zeppelin were one of the bands receiving honours a few days ago.

Heart turn up to do Stairway to Heaven in front of the masters.  Takes some guts.

Turn up the sound – this one will tingle your spine:


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  • Troy

    Led Zeppelin – great band, great song and what a rendition – friggin awesome!

  • Kimbo


    I used to love Led Zep. Still do in parts.

    On reflection (probably influenced by a mate who loved punk), if they had died in a plane crash (preferably that awful 747 from ‘The Song Remains the Same’) after they recorded their 4th album in 1971, they would have been remembered as even greater. Leave aside ‘Stairway to Heaven’. There were some masterful songs on that album: ‘Black Dog’, ‘Rock and Roll’, ‘When the Levee breaks’. Plus ‘Whole lotta love’ from their second album, minus Robert Plant and the ridiculous orgasm interlude spoiling the middle of it.

    Instead, ‘Stairway to Heaven’ got thrashed so much it is now a cliché.

    And then they carried on into the 1970s, with 30 minute jam sessions on ‘Kashmir’, Jimmy Page using the gimmick of a violin bow to play his guitar (yawn!), and concerts at Madison Square Garden where everyone is sitting down.

    No wonder punk happened.

    • geoff3012

      Fucking Wanker!

      • Travis Poulson

        Compelling argument as always goof3012

        • Wow Travis. That’s probably the most factual and polite bit of Moderation I’ve seen in my career.

      • Kimbo

        Wasn’t me who voted you down, geoff3012!

        I can take constructive criticism.

        I realise my post places me in danger of deportation from the Bogan Republic of West Auckland.

        But tell me – do you REALLY like that never-ending 20 minute drum solo by John Bonham during Moby Dick on ‘The Song Remains the Same’ live concert movie/double album, or do you just pretend to because the rest of your mates say Bonham is really cool at hitting the skins?

        • People don’t mind rudeness around here. But rudeness without context tends to get the rest of the Army to point the thumb to the floor.

          • Kimbo

            Yes, but where I, and no doubt geoff3012 comes from, criticising Led Zep is all the context needed to get your head smacked in.

            He was being polite :)

          • Travis Poulson

            I don’t know what kind of people you hang out with here in Super City Waitakere but Zed Zep hasn’t been ‘in’ for some time :)

          • Kimbo

            Showing my age!

            It’s a while since they took away the immigration border check point at Pt Chev, but back when Led Zep was the ticket to acceptance then, if you also didn’t have Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, or ‘The Wall’ in your car’s glove box collection, you were obviously a visitor, so you deserved to pay an entry tax for not complying with “required local cultural tikanga”

        • Rodger T

          As another westie ,I tend to agree with you .
          As much as I like Led Zepp, The song remains the same was just a touch pretentious, but hey, it was the 70s and me and my mates had wagged school to go see it.

        • geoff3012

          Yes. Been a Zep fan since 1969 (so have my mates) and no I am not a member of the Bogan Republic of West Auckland either (Dunnners)

          • Kimbo

            Corstorphine (an honourary suburb of West Auckland anyway!)?

            I knew someone who saw them play when they came to NZ in 1971 (was early in the year, so the 4th album with “Stairway” hadn’t been released). I think he said from memory they played at Western Springs, including a few Yardbirds songs.

      • Ronnie Chow

        I guess , literally , nearly all male adults are , including you .

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Man, Jimmy Page looks good. Thoroughly enjoying ‘Heart’ while he is there. 69 in a few days

    • Ronnie Chow

      And poor Robert Plant looked like he was judging a kids violin performance . Bit of a window on their egos there.

  • Orange

    Kinda boring vocal over exceptional instrumental and chorus. Really needs a screecher.

  • Who would have thought – Stairway to Heaven with a Gospel Choir – brilliant!

  • thor42

    Check out this version from Dread Zeppelin – the intro is *great* –

  • Grizz30

    I had to watch this several times with the sound put through the home theatre. Anne Wilson looks a lot healthier than in recent years and she sang well for this performance. She and Nancy must be around 60 years old now themselves. It is not often the performers give a standing ovation to the crowd after such a masterclass performance.