STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN AT 40 – VOTE FOR THE GREATEST LIVE VERSION IN THE TBL ANNIVERSARY POLL AND VIEW STAIRWAY YOU TUBE MOMENTS
Many thanks for the great response to the TBL Stairway To Heaven 40th Anniversary Poll. Ahead of the March 5th anniversary, there is still time to cast your vote for the all time greatest live versions of the song.
All you need to do is list in order of preference up to five favourite LIVE versions of Stairway To Heaven.
The criteria is as follows: Any live version by Led Zeppelin is eligible plus post Zep versions ie Arms or Outrider tour, Live Aid, Page & Plant Japan TV, O2 reunion.
From these top fives, we will award five points to the number one choice, four for a second, three for a third, etc – and then collate the results into a definitive Stairway To Heaven all time Top 20 greatest live version listing.
From the many comments and emails received so far, the competition is pretty tight with three or four versions battling it out at the top,
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to re-discover this much maligned song. And believe us , you can expect to be in awe of it all over again as you pull out the old LPs, bootlegs etc and marvel at the song’s depth and beauty.
To give you a few ideas –there’s the BBC In Concert 1971 version, the brilliant Going To California bootleg delivery, The familiar official live version on The Song Remains The Same soundtrack, the How The West Was Won performance from Long Beach ‘72, the stateliness of the 1975 Earls Court versions as the song elevated to the finale of the main Zep set, the meandering maze of Seattle ‘77, the often haunting versions performed Over Europe ‘80 including the marathon last ever Zep performance in Berlin.
Post Zep, there’s Jimmy’s emotional instrumental version performed on the ARMS tour, the spirited Live Aid performance, that 1994 P & P one off and the night they ‘’Did it’’ again for Ahmet, for one night only at the 02 on December 10th 2007.
So that’s a few pointers, but ultimately the choice is yours.
So get ready to re- discover the pure wonderment of a song that has been stirring the hearts of its listeners for nigh on 40 years.
To vote in the TBL Stairway To Heaven Poll you can either list them in the Comments/Response box at the bottom of this posting or you can email your top five ( by the way if you can’t get to five just list as many as you can) live versions of Stairway To Heaven list to Dave Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Whichever way you choose to vote – state your top five Live versions and sources in order of preference – if you would like to add a brief commentary of the reasons for your choices even better.
The full results will be published on the TBL site on March 5th 2011 – 40 years to the day it was first performed live at the Ulster Hall Belfast. Look out for a full feature on the poll to follow in the TBL magazine.
So get voting for Stairway To Heaven at 40. On the 40th anniversary, it’s time to determine the greatest live versions of the greatest Led Zeppelin song…
To further aid your selection here’s a round up of You Tube clips that capture the song in various versions through the years…
Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven Live 1973
Led Zeppelin – Stairway to heaven Earls Court
Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven (Live at Seattle 1977)
Led Zeppelin Knebworth 1979 – Stairway To Heaven
Jimmy Page – Stairway to heaven – USA Arms concert
Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven – Live Aid ’85
Led Zeppelin – Stairway To Heaven – Live ’88 NYC
Stairway to Heaven – Jimmy Page and Robert Plant – Japan TV, 1994
Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven Live at the O2 Arena Reunion Concert (HQ)