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St. Vincent shares footage of herself “fumbling through” Stairway to Heaven

St. Vincent performs during the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 6, 2018 in Austin, Texas.
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Maybe it’s because St. Vincent’s electric guitar playing leans towards the unconventional, but any time Annie Clark covers a classic rock song, the internet goes mad. We saw it before with Little Wing and Dancing Days, and now Clark has uploaded footage of herself playing another classic Zeppelin song - Stairway to Heaven.

“Since guitar stores have been closed, I thought you might have missed the sound of someone fumbling through Stairway to Heaven,” Clark says on Instagram, as she launches into Jimmy Page’s iconic fingerpicked intro on her Ernie Ball Music Man signature model.

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Clark points out that there were a number of other contenders for the clip.

“Not pictured but honorable mention - Smoke on the Water, Sweet Home Alabama, Black Dog, Wherever I May Roam,” she says.

“Love to all my guitar players out there. I know. I miss it too.”

As do we. Strangely enough, lockdown appears to have lifted Stairway’s ‘off-limits’ restrictions, as we’ve seen a number of guitarists tackle the Led Zep classic, including Misha Mansoor and, of all people, Adam Sandler.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar (opens in new tab), Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as the best part of 20 years performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).