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Hit Songs Bands Refuse To Play Live And Why

  • 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”.

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