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How Robert Plant paid a radio station $10,000 to stop playing "Stairway to Heaven"

"The song construction itself, the actual musical construction, is really good! It's one of those moments that really can be sustained without vocals. But in terms of the lyrics... 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 anymore.... Ever!"

The moment Robert Plant got tired of "Stairway to Heaven" and paid a radio station $10,000 to do it

"Stairway to Heaven" - one of the greatest songs in the history of rock music... Released at the end of the... 1971 of the year, this song didn't just grace the fourth studio album Led ZeppelinStairway to Heaven has become the band's trademark! It's been a very long time since its release, but over the years the popularity of "Stairway to Heaven" has only gained momentum: 3rd place on the list 100 Greatest Rock Songs on VH1, number 31 on the 500 greatest songs of all time. Rolling Stonethe most requested song in US in the 1970s years (and that's considering the fact that it was never released there as a single!) But despite the impact of this truly significant creation, the relationship of the Robert Plant with "Stairway to Heaven." complicated. Although the track is Led Zeppelin's greatest work in the eyes of many people, one person who disagrees with that opinion is its performer (as absurd as that sounds...) Surprisingly, Plant even donated the $10,000. for the radio station to stop playing this all-time favourite hit! And here's how it went down....

The abandonment of his brainchild

Robert Plante
Robert Plante

It's hard to find a rock music lover who doesn't have a special place in their heart for a "Stairway to Heaven". Still, this is one of the greatest rock hits of all time! This song epitomises everything that has made Led Zeppelin A dynamic band that has successfully taken music into a new dimension.....

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

However. from one of the authors of Stairway to Heaven, Robert PlanteHe has a different opinion on the matter: his ambivalence towards the song began immediately after Zeppelin recorded it. "Stairway to Heaven" в 1971 year.

By the middle of the decade, Plant was already calling "Stairway" "wedding song."and after the band broke up, he gave it up altogether! It wasn't until 1988 year Jimmy Page However, from that moment on, Plant vowed never to perform "Stairway to Heaven" again (although he relented again: it was in 2007 year, during the reunion at the O2 Arena, UK...)

В 2019 In an interview the year before, Plant officially stated that he no longer wanted anything to do with "Stairway to Heaven": and the "frivolous lyric" is just one of the reasons why he never performed the track with his solo bands. But few people know that once upon a time, the singer Led Zeppelin has gone much further in his battle against popularity. "Stairway."

A curious interview with Robert Plante

Robert Plant.
Robert Plant.

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

"The song construction itself, the actual musical construction, is really good! It's one of those moments that really can be sustained without vocals. But in terms of the lyrics... 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!"

Plante's disparaging comments about the "Stairway." were met by fans with surprise, to say the least. However, earlier, back in the 2002 year, he made a far more important revelation when he said he donated the $10,000. for the radio station to stop playing that track!

The $10,000 song ...

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page

В 2002 year Plante admitted that he once donated to a public radio station... $10,000! And that's no joke. The idea dawned on the vocalist when the DJ stepped up the sponsorship, saying that the station would never play again "Stairway.". That minute Plante decided to commit enough money to become a sponsor. It all happened while he was travelling around Portland. The musician tuned in KBOO-FM and began to enjoy the programme...

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

"They had some amazing music playing... I thought, 'Great! I've got to stop and listen to this!" Then this guy made an announcement: he said they (KBOO) were looking for sponsorship. It was something like, "Send $10 or $15 and we'll never play Stairway to Heaven again!" I immediately called and pledged my money, which was $10,000! I was one of KBOO's sponsors..."

One last thing...

Robert Plante
Robert Plante

While most singers' egos would suffer if the radio station they were listening to begged listeners to pay them to stop playing their most famous song, Plant never had that attitude! What's more! Before telling interviewers this story, he joked, "You know this is professional assassination of himself!" Of course, the career Plante did not die of it, and his determination and enterprise in this particular case can only be envied!

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