Watch Bono and the Edge of U2 Play ‘Stairway to Heaven’ for an Irish COVID-19 Fundraiser, Dedicated to Their Road Crew



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You just do not play “Stairway to Heaven.” There’s a rule about it, remember?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD1KqbDdmuE

Well, apparently you can play it under certain circumstances. This past weekend, Bono and the Edge of U2 took part in Songs from an Empty Room, a televised fundraiser paying tribute to and raising funds for displaced musicians in Ireland whose work has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their contributions was especially noteworthy: “Stairway to Heaven,” the ubiquitous Led Zeppelin classic. As Bono explains in the video before they begin the quick performance, they decided to play the song (and break the classic rule) as an homage to their Irish road crew:

“There is one annoying aspect of Irish crew, though, 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.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fyuG-jcirg

According to RTE, U2 made a donation of €200,000 for the occasion:

Songs from an Empty room featured two hours of Irish music talent performing in empty iconic venues around the country.

Hosted by Eoghan McDermott and Jenny Greene, artists such as Picture This, The Coronas, Gavin James and Eve Belle performed.

All proceeds from the show will go to Minding Creative Minds and the Association of Irish Stage Technicians Hardship Fund.

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