Music Gear News
Stairway to Heaven 'was an accidental success'
Nearly every electric guitar player in the land knows Led Zeppelin's classic song Stairway to Heaven, but its success apparently came about by accident.
The track was written by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page and first appeared on the Led Zeppelin IV album in 1971, but it was never issued as a single.
However, it did go on to become very popular with radio disc jockeys, despite being more than eight minutes long.
According to Charles Cross, author of a recent biography on the rock band, its length was one of the reasons it was played on the radio so often.
"I literally had a 100 DJs swear to me that they only played the song because they needed a long break to go and smoke a cigarette," he told the New York Post.
Cross added that they would not have had time to smoke a full cigarette if it had been any shorter.
The song was included in the setlist at Led Zeppelin's one-off reunion gig at the O2 Arena in London two years ago.
However, Robert Plant has so far ruled out the possibility of a full-time reformation, preferring instead to concentrate on his collaboration with Alison Krauss.
Page has recently been working on the movie documentary It Might Get Loud, while bass guitar player John Paul Jones is now performing with Dave Grohl in Them Crooked Vultures.Posted on 17 Nov 2009 19:00 to category : Band / Celebrity News
Related Music News
Through a collaboration with Martin, Sheeran's latest signature model features artwork from his latest album '÷' and has been built to his exact specifications.
An icon who helped propel the rock 'n' roll movement to new and unprecedented heights. Chucky Berry is praised by many as a founding father of modern music.
Founding guitarist of legendary LA band Y and T Joey Alves passes away due to complications relating to Ulcerative Colitis. Documentary on soon to follow.
Destroyer Cola is to be the latest release in rock veterans Kiss' long line of merchandise currently available to the general public for purchase
In a recent unconfirmed report, frontman of famous rock and roll outfit Guns N' Roses is said to be heading into the studio with Australian rock veterans AC/DC
Never before has music been so accessible. With social media, tab sites and forums at your immediate disposal, learning your favourite song couldn't be easier.
Recent Music News
A piano that offers no compromises with either its sound or functionality, the MP7SE is ideal for the professional performer in need of a versatile voice.
BOSS are celebrating their 40th anniversary in style this year with the Pedal Perks Club, in which users are entitled to various free gifts and prizes.
Pioneer has released their latest sampler, the Pioneer DJ DJ DJS-1000 Standalone Sampler. With intuitive features, its the ideal companion to the live DJ.
Presonus introduce the next addition to their line-up, the Faderport 16. With various intuitive features, the Faderport 16 is ideal for the live sound engineer.
A digital piano that's ideally suited to the intermediate player, the Roland RP-102 Digital Piano hosts a number of intuitive features for the developing pianist.
The Darkglass Microtubes B3K V2 Bass Overdrive pedal is the quintessential tool for those bassists looking to develop and diversify their bass sound.