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Led Zeppelin Denies The D Heaven

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Posted November 6, 2006 - By Frank Meyer

Apparently, Led Zeppelin was gonna let their blockbuster hit "Stairway to Heaven" be used in the new flick Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, but after the scene was filmed Zep members demanded to pull it.

The Pick of Destiny scene is in a mock Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where rock bands are parodied in a fake Hall of Fame. The groups had to give permission, and almost everyone did…except for Zep.

"The Beatles said yes to having their image in the scene. Many groups said no problem," said 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' [neon sign atop a staircase]. They said no and we had to re-shoot that part of the movie. We ended up calling the staircase 'Guitarway to Heaven. 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,' adds Black. “It sounded a little dumber, which made me happy."

This is the second time Black asked Zep for permission to use a tune and they granted it, despite being notoriously picky about how their songs are used. Some may recall when Black begged the legendary rockers on camera to use “The Immigrant Song” in School of Rock.

Blabbermouth.net: Led Zeppelin Makes Hell For Film Over 'Heaven'


 

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