In what can only be considered irony - Bono and the Edge of U2 and St. Vincent aka Annie Clark both took to social media on the same day to post covers of the Led Zeppelin’s classic “Stairway To Heaven” yesterday (July 26)
St. Vincent's post, on her Instagram, was a nod to all the six string strummers who have not been able to play in their local guitar store:
Since guitar stores have been closed, I thought you might have missed the sound of someone fumbling through ‘stairway to heaven.’ (Not pictured but honorable mention, ‘smoke on the water’ ‘sweet home Alabama’ ‘black dog’ ‘where ever I may roam’). Love to all my guitar players out there. I know. I miss it too.” Don’t forget “Enter Sandman, Annie!
Bono and the Edge had a little more serious note to their cover - dedicating it to their long-time road crew who like to play the song while soundchecking before shows.
“There’s one annoying aspect of an Irish crew that has to be said ... Wherever you go in the world, whatever venue you’re playing — whether it’s the Olympia or 3 Arena or Madison Square Garden — you walk into the venue and it’s a big moment, and you’ll hear a song that we said, ‘We’ll never, ever play this.’ And that’s right, ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ These professionals believe they play this better than the band. And you know, it might be true.”
So who covered it better ... take a listen to both below:
U2 - Stairway to Heaven
St Vincent - Stairway to Heaven