Decades Later, Led Zeppelin Rework ‘Stairway To Heaven’ Live On Stage To Make It Even More Magical…
Led Zeppelin rock and roll world on its head with the release of “Stairway to Heaven” in 1971. The tune is so technically challenging that few bands have dared to re-record it and Led Zeppelin’s members never changed it, until a one-off reunion tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.
In 2007, the band took the stage at the O2 Arena in London as the headliners for a tribute concert for Ertegun, who initially signed the band to Atlantic Records in 1968. With a vision for signing English bands with a heavier feel, Ertegun was a trailblazer in his field.
Led Zep played the reworked version of “Stairway to Heaven” during the event, shocking the 18,000 fans in attendance who expected standard Zep fare. Along with the tune, which took on a more soulful tone, the band played iconic songs such as “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock And Roll,” and “Kashmir.”