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Led Zeppelin Say No Tenacious D's Use Of "Stairway To Heaven"

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Cindy Pearlman of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that comedian Jack Black tried to use LED ZEPPELIN's most famous song title, "Stairway to Heaven", in his new movie "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny". Permission was granted by the band — but after the scene was filmed, the ZEPPELIN members demanded to pull their song title from the gag.

The scene is in a mock Rock and Roll Hall of Fame set in California. The deal was: All rock groups depicted in this faked museum had to give permission to use their name, likeness, music and/or song titles. Black and his "D" partner Kyle Gass have a moment when they climb a huge staircase with a flashing neon sign "Stairway to Heaven."

"THE BEATLES said yes to having their image in the scene. Many groups said no problem," says "D" director Liam Lynch. "ZEPPELIN was a problem. They gave us permission and withdrew it after we filmed the scene with a huge 'Stairway to Heaven.' They said no and we had to re-shoot that part of the movie."

"We ended up calling the staircase 'Guitarway to Heaven,' " says Lynch. "And we were like f--- you. I don't really want to get into it more. We also had problems with the SEX PISTOLS."

For his part, Black isn't upset with the rock legends. "We liked 'Guitarway to Heaven.' It sounded a little dumber, which made me happy," says the comic rocker.

Source: Metal Hammer

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1. godlike writes:

They thought it was OK to use R&R for Cadilac commercials...but not this...ok, so Im confused...They just dont like being associated with movies..? I remember that there was a hassle when the movie Dazed and Confused came out in 93.. Zeppelin refused to let them use their music in that movie...hhhhmmmm ???

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2. RememberMetal? writes:

no surprise with the pistols or zep. Like their status is going to be tarnished....bleh.

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3. Terminator writes:

and zepplin allowed p. diddy puffy paddy daddy, or whatever that guys name is, to lay down some sh** raps over kasmir? wtf?

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4. godlike writes:

I guess I am confused at the definition of "selling out"....Yeah, the whole Kashmir thing for Godzilla was a f^ckin joke...and it totally flabbergasted me when it happened...I personally thought it sucked...
The first and only movie that comes to mind with Zeppelin music was Fast Times at Ridgmont High..(back in the 80s)...and that was all a total mistake....Its mentioned in the movie that "when it comes to making out, side two of Zeppelin 4 should be listened to if at all possible".. and what you hear later is Kashmir playing in the background....
Now, I will be the first to admit that I consider Zeppelin to be THE most amazing band EVER and they will always be....!!!!!! ( and I personally dont give a f^ck if anyone of you agree with me on that or not.....)
But this is a little ridiculous.. I mean really...WTF are they thinking..? Something like this, could only open them up to a little more praise then they have already recieved over the last 35 yrs....As far as what was described in the article..this would have been more of an honor than a joke...and why they couldnt see that I just dont understand ???
But as the story goes, they refused to let the writers of the movie Dazed and Confused (from '93) use any of their music in that movie...and of all the movies in the past 25 years, thats the one that their music would have fit in best...
Agreeing with RM (post 2) I think it would be almost impossible for anything to tarnish or harm the legacy of Zeppilin.. They as musicians and songwriters are some of the greatest to ever write and record music.. ( again it doesnt matter if you agree with me or not....that is just my opinion )
And as I said before, they obviously thought it was OK to use the song Rock&Roll for all those Cadilac commercials....maybe they were offered new Caddies for it, along with whatever unimaginable amounts of money they were paid.....
And, I agree with J. Black's opinion about the "Guitarway to Heaven" sounding dumber, and actually it fits in better with the humor of it all... I cant wait to see the movie...he is quite a talented person and I think it will be quite a funny movie... Obviously, Dio likes him, and doesnt mind the exposure..and that says alot....

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