Robert Plant reveals why he 'learned to just hate' Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven'

'Everybody murders it'
Robert Plant
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Do you know how you just can't stand to hear others tell a story that you're convinced you have much more experience with? Well, there's a similar situation that singer Robert Plant has found himself in regarding his band Led Zeppelin's most famous classic.

Hearing others fumble through the eight-minute-plus Led Zep opus has apparently left a foul taste in Plant's mouth, as Heart's Nancy Wilson tells it.

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Wilson was speaking with host Eddie Trunk on his podcast about the experience she had performing the song during the 2021 Kennedy Center Honors of Led Zeppelin and Plant's reaction to it after it was all over.

Wilson remembered the experience, telling Trunk each of the surviving band members approached her separately after the show. She says bassist John Paul Jones told her, "'Wow, you did a great job.' And Robert Plant goes, 'Whoah, I learned to just hate that song because everybody murders it, but you did it justice. Way to go!'" Wilson also recalled guitarist Jimmy Page telling her, "'You played that great. Just lovely.'"

Wilson also said, along with the night’s honorees, she was touched by the inclusion of drummer Jason Bonham, the son of late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, as part of the Kennedy Center house band.

Jason was "the little kid, scampering around the practice areas in their rehearsal spaces and their studio space... running around outside when they were recording outside." He "grew up with them, like his uncles," she added. "So, I’m sure that was a lot about the emotional reaction that they got, that they were surprised to have, during that song.”

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