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Date: Apr 15 04:15:53 2010
Steve Vai, Mary J. Blige, Travis Barker cover "Stairway to Heaven"

Guitar legend Steve Vai got together with R&B star Mary J. Blige, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, and Michael Jackson guitarist Orianthi to record a cover of the classic Led Zeppelin song "Stairway to Heaven". Vai was hesitant to join the project until he heard Blige was participating.

"You know, you gotta be really careful when you're gonna consider playing a song like this because it's just steeped in folklore and respect and it's been played by everybody," Vai said. "I believe it's the most requested song in history. So I was trying first to imagine how it was going to sound and then the moment that I heard that Mary J. was doing it, I actually have her records, so I went, 'Oh my God, this is going to be great.' And we got into the studio and just blasted it out. It was amazing. It was really special."

"We're doing it in D Minor which is up a major fourth, which is much higher," he said. "So it's breathing a completely different kind of an air than any version you've ever heard and that in itself just gives it a whole different quality because now it's like, it's sparkly. And what you can do up in that register, it just sounds like a whole different beast."

"My challenge with this is -- what am I going to do for this song, this sacred piece of music to make it the best that I can do, and I'm just putting together this series of adjectives, you know," he said. "It's just gotta be the most beautiful, respectful, amazing thing that I could possibly do and then I tell myself I'm capable of doing it and it's just all coming to me now."

Click Here to watch an eight-plus minute mini-documentary of the making of the song.

Michael Jackson guitarist Orianthi

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