Ann Wilson, famed for her role in Heart, has openly admired Led Zeppelin’s cautious stance on reunion tours, particularly praising Robert Plant for his ethical approach to preserving the band’s legacy. In her view, this caution helps avoid turning the iconic band into a mere shadow of its past.
A memorable moment in Led Zeppelin’s history occurred at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2012, where Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, accompanied by Jason Bonham, performed “Stairway to Heaven.” This rendition moved Robert Plant to tears. Plant later reflected on the song’s evolution and its journey from an intimate creation to a cultural phenomenon.
Ann Wilson, in a candid reflection, shared her exhilarating experience of performing “Stairway to Heaven,” describing it as a moment of pure emotional and artistic authenticity.
Further emphasizing her connection to Led Zeppelin, Wilson credited the band, along with Deep Purple, for shaping her rock ‘n’ roll vocal style.
She recounted her early days with Heart, noting a particularly memorable performance of “Stairway to Heaven” before Nancy Wilson joined the band, marked by a mishap with her guitar strap.
You can watch Heart’s 2012 performance of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ below.