U2’s vocalist Bono Vox and guitarist Edge recently decided to honor their hard-working road crew by dedicating an acoustic cover of “Stairway to Heaven.” The duo performed the Led Zeppelin’s classic (actually part of it) during Songs From an Empty Room, a quarantine special from Irish artists that was broadcast last week.
According to Bono, the reason why they opted for “Stairway to Heaven” is that the road crew always plays the song when they are setting up their equipment.
“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,’” Bono explained.
Hear Bono and Edge’s take on “Stairway to Heaven” below.
Despite not being able to play live shows and go on tours due to the COVID-19 pandemic, U2 has kept themselves pretty busy in recent months. The bandmembers staged several virtual performances, while also reportedly working on new music.
The legendary rockers are also in the midst of launching their own SiriusXM channel U2 X-Radio. The channel will feature U2’s music but also an array of other content including interviews, special guest appearances, and shows hosted by Edge and Bono.