How Robert Plant paid a Radio Station $ 10,000 to stop playing "Stairway to Heaven"

“The construction of the song itself, the actual musical construction, is very good! It's one of those moments that you can really endure without vocals. But as for the lyrics... In terms of lyrics, I can't take it seriously now, because it was so long ago... I wasn't going to write in the style of those abstract lines again... Never!"

The moment when Robert Plant got tired of "Stairway to Heaven" and paid the radio station $10,000

"Stairway to Heaven" is one of the greatest songs in the history of rock music... Released at the end 1971 year, this composition not only graced the fourth studio album Led Zeppelin, but also became the hallmark of the group! Indeed, many years have passed since its release, but over the years, the popularity of "Stairway to Heaven" has only gained momentum: 3rd place in the list 100 Greatest Rock Songs Ranked #31 on VH1's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list Rolling Stone, the most requested song in USA in the 1970s years (and this is considering the fact that it was never released there as a single!) But despite the influence of this truly significant creation, the relationship Robert Plant with "Stairway to Heaven" complex. Although the track is Led Zeppelin's greatest work in the eyes of many people, one person who disagrees with this opinion is its performer (as absurd as it sounds...) Surprisingly, Plant even donated $10,000 radio stations to stop her from playing this beloved hit! And that's how it was...

Rejection of your offspring

Robert Plant
Robert Plant

It's hard to find a rock music lover who doesn't have a special place in his heart for "Stairway to Heaven". It's still one of the greatest rock hits of all time! This song embodies everything that has done Led Zeppelin a dynamic band that has successfully taken music to a new dimension...

Robert Plant as a young man.
Robert Plant as a young man.

However ... one of the authors of "Stairway to Heaven", Robert Plante, there is a different opinion on this matter: his ambiguous attitude towards this song began immediately after Zeppelin recorded "Stairway to Heaven" in 1971 year.

By the middle of the decade, Plant was calling "Stairway" "wedding song", and after the breakup of the group, he completely abandoned its performance! Only in 1988 year Jimmy Page managed to convince his friend to perform their joint brainchild again at a concert organized in honor of the reunion ... However, from that moment, Plant vowed never to perform "Stairway to Heaven" (however, he again lost: it happened in 2007 year, during the reunion on O2 Arena, Great Britain…)

In 2019 In 1998, during an interview, Plant went on record saying that he no longer wanted to be involved with "Stairway to Heaven": and the "frivolous lyrics" are just one of the reasons he never performed the track with his solo bands. But few people know that one day the vocalist Led Zeppelin went much further in his struggle with popularity "Stairways"

An interesting interview with Robert Plant

Robert Plant
Robert Plant

It was in 2019 year. In his interview Robert Plant admitted that "Stairway to Heaven" he is no longer interested in the word at all! The legendary musician also admitted that he can "just admire the song a little" from afar, performed by other artists ...

“The construction of the song itself, the actual musical construction, is very good! It's one of those moments that you can really endure without vocals. But as far as the lyrics are concerned… In terms of the lyrics – I can’t take it seriously now because it was so long ago… I wasn’t going to write in the style of those abstract lines again… Never!”

Plant's derogatory comments about "Stairways" were greeted by fans, to put it mildly, with surprise. However, earlier, in 2002 year, he made a much more important discovery when he said that he had donated $10,000 radio station to stop playing this track!

A $10,000 song...

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page

In 2002 year Plante confessed that he once donated to a public radio station… 10,000 dollars! And it's not a joke. The idea hit the vocalist when the DJ stepped up the sponsorship by declaring that the station would never play again. "Stairways". At that moment, Plant decided to give enough money to become a sponsor. All this happened during his trip to Portland. The musician tuned in KBOO-FM and started enjoying the program...

By the way: we're talking about KBOO, Portland's non-commercial listener-funded radio channel. Plant was on his way to a concert in Lincoln City and stumbled across the station, instantly falling in love with the odd mix of alternative music...

“They played amazing music… I thought, ‘Great! I have to stop and listen to this!” Then this guy made a statement: he said that they (KBOO) are looking for sponsorship. It was something like, "Send in $10 or $15 and we'll never play Stairway to Heaven again!" I immediately called and pawned my money, namely 10 thousand dollars! I was one of the sponsors of KBOO…”


Robert Plant
Robert Plant

While the egos of most singers would be hurt if the radio station they were listening to begged listeners to pay them to stop playing their most famous song, Plant was never in that mood! Furthermore! Before telling the interviewers this story, he joked, "You know this is professional self-murder?!" Certainly a career Planta she did not die from this, and his determination and enterprise in this particular case can only be envied!


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