If only Wayne knew of these 5 ways to play Stairway without actually playing the song!
Homage, Tribute, Rip Off, Blatant Theft, call it what you will. Here are the Top 5 versions of Stairway to Heaven:
Foo Fighters are barely making the list for this one, which one would think is either a not so sneaky tribute or just a sub conscious after affect of Grohl being an uber-fan. “The Pretender” manages to break free of it’s Zeppelin beginning and eventually just become indistinguishable from any Foo Fighters song, which is either good or bad depending on whether you like that type of thing*
2. Dave Matthews Band – All Along the Watchtower (if you watch one DMB youtube video, this should probably be it)
With the addition of Tim Reynolds, Dave Matthews Band has amped up the clear influence of Stairway on their rendition of All Along the Watchtower which has always sounded like it was borrowing a couple ideas from Zeppelin. Now when it’s preformed live they seamlessly segue from one to the other.
This song sounds nothing like Stairway to Heaven. Punch was served!
They’re just fucking with us now. The best part about this is how they manage to squeeze in just enough Ramble On into the song as well.
People always ask me why “Stairway to Heaven” sounds exactly like “Taurus”, which was released two years earlier. I know Led Zeppelin also played “Fresh Garbage” in their live set. They opened up for us on their first American tour. – Randy California (a nobody)
Zeppelin would never steal music, especially not from some shitty band they toured with. One can only assume that Spirit discovered the ability to time travel and ripped Zeppelin off 2 years before Stairway even hit the radio.
This my friends, is the only plausible explanation.