For some reason -- probably because it's one of the first songs a guitarist learns to play, or maybe because it's an over eight minute jam session that never really gets a full run through in the practice space because, come on, eight minutes? Either way, Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" has gotten a bad rap.
Saturday Night Live alum Mike Myers made the joke commonplace in the scene from 1992's Wayne's World where he enters a guitar store to view and manhandle the guitar he longs for. Upon picking it up and strumming a few notes, he's stopped and pointed to the sign on the wall that says, "NO STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN." Denied.
Guitarist Annie Clark (St. Vincent) recently posted a video sharing a bit of the classic cover with her fans as she longs to step foot inside the hallowed halls of a Sam Ash or Guitar Center amid store closures, and now the main men of U2 have joined in.
Bono and The Edge have been keeping fans entertained while under lockdown with their 'Songs from an Empty Room' video series on social media. Their latest is a tribute to the band's "Irish Crew" who have been with them through thick and thin in their travels across the globe, playing "Stairway" in every single arena as they test equipment and set the stage. It was slightly annoying for them to hear it at the time, but as the saying goes, you don't know what you got 'til it's gone.
"We said we’d never play this… This one's for the crew," the band captioned the video.