It has come to light that Robert Plant performed “Stairway To Heaven” at a charity concert in the UK on October 21. It is likely the first time he has performed the song in public since the Led Zeppelin reunion performance on December 10, 2007.
Plant performed as part of a one-off band set up for The Concert Platform, a cancer awareness fundraising event set up by Duran Duran member Andy Taylor. The band performed at Soho Farmhouse in the UK, and a clip of the performance posted to Instagram shows Plant singing “Stairway To Heaven”:
A copy of the concert livestream posted to Facebook shows the full show, including Plant’s section from 43:15 onwards:
Other songs performed by Plant during the concert include “Black Dog,” “Thank You” and “Season Of The Witch”.
Band members who performed alongside Plant at the event included Taylor, Rod Stewart’s drummer David Palmer, bass player Guy Pratt, former Reef guitarist Kenwyn House, Taylor’s son Andrew, singer Anne Rani and Dino Jelusick.
Plant donated a RIAA 23X Platinum award for “Houses Of The Holy” to a charity fundraising auction that was held on the evening, according to the auction’s website.
“Over recent months, it’s been a real honour & lifesaver working with Professor Sir Chris Evans & CAT – The Cancer Awareness Trust…,” Taylor wrote on his official Instagram.
“Having such a transformative journey, one where the generosity of spirt has carried me to a better place, enlightened me as to what my better purpose can be, now that I have some life back, which is bloody amazing by the way.”
Although the event wasn’t open to the public, Taylor gave at least two fans a way to get in the door. He’s holding a contest where the winner will receive two VIP “meet, greet & mingle” tickets,” a night’s hotel stay, food and more. According to Taylor, all money raised “will go directly into patient care, the type of care I’ve received.”