Watch viral video of parrot singing Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven'

Move over Robert Plant...

Tico the parrot sings Led Zeppelin
Published 20th Jan 2021
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.

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“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.”

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