Hit Songs Bands Refuse To Play Live And Why
June 4, 2021 9:17AM EDT
- Ever go to a concert and leave disappointed because the band didn’t play your favorite song? The folks at Ultimate Classic Rock listed a few examples of artists that refused to play their biggest hits live.
- AC/DC won’t play “Long Way To The Top” out of respect for late lead singer Bon Scott.
- Eric Clapton stopped performing his mega-hit “Tears In Heaven” because it was too painful to revisit the memory of his son’s death, which inspired the song.
- Robert Plant won’t sing “Stairway To Heaven” at his solo shows – though Led Zeppelin played the song at its reunion shows in 1985, 1988, and 2007.
- In the 90’s, refusing to play your hit was almost standard practice – Nirvana hated playing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” while Radiohead refused to perform “Creep”.