Feedback – Stairway to Heaven

Last century a problem for rock concert goers was noisy feedback from  instruments from poor sound systems.  Many concerts were spoiled for the performers and audience alike by horrendous screeches and squeals.  I have known bands either start very late or even leave the stage and stop a concert in the middle because this feedback could not be eradicated.

There is another more pleasurable kind of feedback in musical terms.  It emerges when someone plays your song,  your personal creation back to you with skill and commitment.  My favourite example of this through the Kennedy Honours programme, when top stars like Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Billy Joel or the Eagles have their music fed back to them by other artists.

This little film is a memorable version of the powerful classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’ . Here it is being fully appreciated by the original members of Led Zeppelin. It is led on stage by their late drummer John Bonham’s son, Jason who also plays the drums in this clip.


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