Ann Wilson Says She Feels Uncomfortable Covering The Beatles’ Songs
Heart singer Ann Wilson shared her feelings about performing iconic songs from the famous rock band the Beatles in her recent conversation with Grammy.com. Wilson admitted that it wasn’t easy to do, and she compared covering Led Zeppelin works with theirs.
The Beatles changed the rock music industry irrevocably, especially in Britain, with their exceptional creations and performances along with other musicians and bands of the time. Their effects on youth and artists were so powerful that critics found a term for that huge interest, Beatlemania. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr greatly inspired countless next-generation musicians, and they paid tribute to them in different ways.
As one of them, Heart covered ‘Rain’ and many more from the Beatles in their various live performances, which can be seen as proof of their admiration for the band. Thus, the reporter highlighted their thoughts about the British Invasion heroes and wanted to know what Wilson thought about covering the Beatles classics. The singer said she wasn’t comfortable singing these songs by defining them as ‘holy stuff.’
However, according to Wilson, covering Led Zeppelin’s works was different than working on the Beatles because Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham created those tracks that begged people to sing them. Furthermore, Heart’s most known and appreciated Led Zeppelin performance probably was ‘Stairway To Heaven’ cover to pay tribute to the band during the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony in 2012.
Wilson said in her interview that:
“Yeah, I guess that the difference would be that I feel uncomfortable ever doing Beatles covers. This is holy stuff. But I think Led Zeppelin is different. I mean, I think that it’s holy — especially ‘Stairway To Heaven’ is just a piece of cultural iconography at this point — but their songs begged to be covered.”
You can check out their covers below.