In 6 minutes and 42 seconds Ann and Nancy Wilson took “Stairway to Heaven” literally to heaven. Creating musical tension with a gentle whispering of the initial lyric, Ann builds a powerhouse arrangement of live orchestration and chorus of gospel vocals, as Jason Bonham, the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham kicks in with a chilling demonstration of his extraordinary ghost-like talent . Bringing tears to the eyes of the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones in a back-of- the-neck hair-raising display of the best of the best of rock n’ roll.
Heart – Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin – Kennedy Center Honors
Entertainment Weekly said of the event:
The Kennedy Center Honors ceremony is the annual event in which celebrities in various fields get all gussied up, travel to Washington, D.C., rub shoulders with the President, and hear exalting speeches about themselves. This year, the testimonials were laced with traces that don’t often make it into a taped TV awards-show final cut: frankness, near-brutal honesty, and almost tearful love.
One great thing about the Kennedy Center Honors is that the recipients don’t do any speaking themselves, and thus they and we are spared minutes of humble, and mock-humble, acceptances speeches. The honorees just sit there, grinning, with their medals hanging from ribbons around their necks.”
Jack Black Introduces Led Zeppelin at The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors – FULL Induction Ceremony – Kid Rock – Lenny Kravitz – Foo Fighters –
EW added of Plant, Page, and Jones:
The three members of Zeppelin present — Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones — sat in the audience looking like delighted, if aging, schoolboys let into a grown-ups’ party; they were all smiles, as much during salutes to Hoffman and Letterman as when an array of musicians performed Zeppelin music.”