Watch viral video of parrot singing Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven'
Move over Robert Plant...
Last updated 20th Jan 2021
A video of a green and yellow parrot singing along to - and absolutely nailing - Led Zeppelin’s classic track ‘Stairway To Heaven’ has gone viral on Twitter.
Over the past eight months, YouTube user Frank Maglio has been uploading videos of his pet parrot Tico singing along to seminal tracks while Maglio plays acoustic guitar.
While Tico doesn’t properly pronounce the words on each respective song, he mimics the melodies, whistles and freestyles over his owner’s guitar playing.
Songs that Tico has covered since last April include The Beatles’ ‘Here Comes The Sun’, Billy Idol’s ‘White Wedding’, The Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ and Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Patience’.
The very first song Maglio shared on YouTube – a version of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ – resurfaced on Twitter this week when retired professional basketball player Rex Chapman shared it with his 1.1 million followers on Monday (18th January).
With viewers wowed by Tico’s considerable talents, the video quickly went viral and has amassed more than 3 million views. Check out the full YouTube version below.
Watch Frank Maglio and Tico the parrot perform Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’:
And here’s our favourite performance from YouTube; Tico perfectly aping Axl Rose on a cover of Guns N’ Roses’ rousing rock ballad ‘Patience’:
In an interview with GQ this week, Jimmy Page discussed how the coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating impact on the live music scene.
Asked by GQ if he could see himself performing live again, Jimmy said: “When we first went into lockdown I thought, ‘Right, now’s the time to start thinking about coming back at some point and being able to perform.’
“But it’s such a very sad and desperate time and what this virus has done internationally to families, to the arts and everything we love and hold dear and the whole concert situation, it does worry me.
“Playing live is so important for young musicians. When we were young, we all had these little gigs, hoping to play somewhere bigger and it’s such an important part of that communion of musicians playing together. For me it’s always been the most important thing. I will never be one of those people who’ll record alone and send someone a file. I never went into music in the first place to do that, it was for playing together and this is what it means.
“We need to play with people, we need gigs and we need community. Because without that, music means nothing.”
The real names of famous rock stars, including John Paul Jones:
Joey Tempest's real name: Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson
Michael Monroe’s real name: Matti Antero Kristian Fagerholm
Steven Adler’s real name: Michael Coletti
Axl Rose's real name: William Bruce Rose
Bon Scott's real name: Ronald Belford Scott
Fish’s real name: Derek William Dick
Eddie Vedder's real name: Edward Louis Severson III
Freddie Mercury's real name: Farrokh Bulsara
Flea's real name: Michael Peter Balzary
Perry Farrell's real name: Perry Bernstein
Mick Mars' real name: Robert Deal
Nikki Sixx's real name: Frank Ferrano
Tré Cool's real name: Frank Edwin Wright III
Courtney Love's real name: Courtney Michelle Harrison
Pat Smear's real name: Georg Albert Ruthenberg
Gene Simmons' real name: Chaim Klein Witz
Spike’s real name: Jonathan Gray
Iggy Pop's real name: James Newell Osterberg, JR.
Alice Cooper's real name: Vincent Damon Furnier
Slash's real name: Saul Hudson
Mike Dirnt's real name: Michael Ryan Pritchard
Ronnie James Dio's real name: Ronald James Padavona
Brody Dalle's real name: Bree Joanna Alice Robinson
Skin's real name: Deborah Anne Dyer
Nicky Wire's real name: Nicholas Jones
Amy Lee's real name: Amy Lynn Hartzler
Bill Wyman's real name: William Perks
Izzy Stradlin's real name: Jeffrey Isbell
Paul Stanley's real name: Stanley Eisen
Rick Parfitt's real name: Richard Harrison
Vince Neil's real name: Vincent Neil Wharton
Duff McKagan's real name: Michael McKagan
Lemmy's real name: Ian Fraser Kilmister
John Paul Jones' real name: John Baldwin
Joan Jett's real name: Joan Larkin
Eric Clapton's real name: Eric Patrick Clapp
Siouxsie Sioux's real name: Susan Janet Ballion
David Bowie's real name: David Robert Hayward Stenton Jones
Little Richard's real name: Richard Wayne Penniman
Sid Vicious' real name: John Simon Ritchie
Ace Frehley's real name: Paul Daniel Frehley
Lou Reed's real name: Louis Firbank
Joe Strummer's real name: John Graham Mellor
Marc Bolan's real name: Mark Feld
The Edge's real name: David Howell Evans
Meat Loaf's real name: Marvin Lee Aday
Steven Tyler's real name: Steven Victor Tallarico
Ozzy Osbourne's real name: John Michael Osbourne
Jon Bon Jovi's real name: John Francis Bongiovi
Jack White's real name: John Anthony Gillis
Bono's real name: Paul David Hewson
Sting's real name: Gordon Sumner
Billy Idol’s real name: William Michael Albert Broad
Geezer Butler’s real name: Terence Butler
Pat Benatar’s real name: Patricia Mae Giraldo
Bo Diddley’s real name: Ellas McDaniel
Muddy Waters’ real name: McKinley Morganfield
Stevie Nicks’ real name: Stephanie Lynn Nicks
Doro’s real name: Dorothee Pesch
Sebastian Bach’s real name: Sebastian Philip Bierk
Joe Perry’s real name: Joseph Pereira
Jimi Hendrix’s real name: James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix)
Zakk Wylde’s real name: Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt
Maynard James Keenan’s real name: James Herbert Keenan
Blaze Bayley’s real name: Bayley Alexander Cooke
The real names of Steel Panther.
Michael Starr's real name: Ralph Michael Saenz, Satchel's real name: Russell John Parrish, Lexxi Foxx's real name: Travis Haley, Stix Zadinia's real name: Darren Leader
Biff Byford's real name: Peter Rodney Byford
M. Shadows' real name: Matthew Charles Sanders
Listen to Absolute Radio on DAB nationwide, on our free app, by hitting that play button on the bottom of your screen, via your smart speaker (“Play Absolute Radio”) and on Freeview, Sky, and Virgin Media TV.