Stairway to Heaven Guitar Solo But Remastered For Arena Sound
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Led Zeppelin finally returned for their long-awaited UK performance at the Knebworth Festival in 1979, without knowing that it would be the last of their UK shows.
On the first night of their two shows at Knebworth (August 5 and August 11), thousands of eager fans rushed into the darkness and towards the stage; the band, aware of what the audience have been waiting for, took the time to show what a powerhouse band they were, as they rummaged through a series of classic Zeppelin songs on a three-hour set. Examples of the songs present were “Rock and Roll,” “Kashmir,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Stairway to Heaven.”
Led Zeppelin’s Knebworth performances would be their first one in the United Kingdom in four years and their first concert since their tragic North American tour in 1977, which was cut short by the untimely death of Robert Plant’s son, Karac. The band’s fee for the two shows was reportedly been the largest sum paid for a single act during this time as the management believed that spectators would pay huge just to see the band perform live once more.
However, albeit its hype, the show garnered some mixed reviews and even the members, mainly Plant, considered it to be one of Led Zeppelin’s worst performances ever. Plant revealed his thoughts in an interview: “Knebworth was useless. It was no good at all,” he said. “It was no good because we weren’t ready to do it, the whole thing was a management decision.” It was also worth noting that the band had started to feel uncooperative with each other, especially with Jimmy Page, who had a severe drug addiction that ruined his and the members’ chemistry.
Nevertheless, Page’s worst days are still among the best, with his professionalism and masterful guitar licks. Below is his iconic “Stairway to Heaven” guitar solo, all remastered to get that perfect arena sound. Check it out.