Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson sing “Stairway to Heaven” to Led Zeppelin

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart sing “Stairway to Heaven” to Led Zeppelin at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012.


More on the performance, including why Robert Plant was likely crying during the performance, from On Stage Magazine:

Joining Ann and Nancy Wilson for the Kennedy Centre performance on drums was Jason Bonham, the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Hailed by many as the greatest rock drummer of all time, Bonham died in 1980 at 32 years of age from asphyxiation as a result of excessive alcohol intake. Upon his death, it was decided among the remaining members that Led Zeppelin would not continue on as an entity without him. Despite collaborations among the members and a few performances throughout the decades, Led Zeppelin has not toured or recorded any new material. But when the members have played, their choice of drummer has primarily been Jason. His resemblance to his dad is eerie: beard, bulky frame, pork pie hat, explosive playing style, etc. So having Jason participate in the climactic number of the evening was an apt choice for the Wilson sisters to make.

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8 Responses to “Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson sing “Stairway to Heaven” to Led Zeppelin”

  1. Cuberly says:

    To your point, a wall of sound that was utterly perfect. It wasn’t a mish mash it was, pardon the pun, Rock Solid.

    I’m an old mush, every time I’ve watched this video I tear up from it. It’s one of those stars aligning moments that come along so rarely. And when they do come along, you are damn grateful for it.

  2. Lawerence Collins says:

    Heart continues to prove just how much talent they have. I’ve seen this before and it’s always very moving.

  3. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Oh wow! Thank you very much. It brought back one very special memory.

  4. Tony T says:

    This video never gets old. I think I’ve see it at least 25 times. What’s so impressive about it, besides Ann’s killer voice, is how the Wilson’s filled every nook and cranny of this song with sound. From the strings to the saxophones, Jason Bonham on drums, multiple guitars and the 2 choirs. A true wall of sound and probably the best cover of any rock and roll song ever.

  5. cole3244 says:

    ann what a voice, what a song!

    led zeppelin owned their jet for transportation and were way ahead of their time.

  6. karmanot says:

    It still has the power. I’m trying to remember where If first heard it—Filmore West perhaps? It leaves me shaking, my throat tightening and the tears flowing. Every detail comes back and I am truly awed.

  7. BearEyes says:

    wow – a shit-load of memories came flooding back on that.

  8. Henry Owen says:

    Absolutely electric. It sent shivers down my spine!

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