Vintage Video: The Damned Things' Joe Trohman on 'Stairway To Heaven'
It’s all about the 5:35 mark. Joe Trohman, Fall Out Boy guitar slinger whose new band, The Damned Things, just released their debut album Ironiclast on December 14 (FOB is on “indefinite hiatus,” he says), was monumentally changed when he first saw this vintage video of Led Zeppelin’s classic “Stairway to Heaven,” a live performance from one of five 1975 shows at London’s Earl’s Court.”
“It’s such a cliché choice that definitely caters towards a guitar-centric guy like me,” Trohman admits straight away. “But it’s still one of the best songs out there and what I’ve always really loved about this video is how the solo is totally different from the record. Jimmy Page is basically adlibbing, then jamming on it for a long while and it’s just epic. So much feel, so much soul. And there’s a crazy, goofy aspect, too, like the double rack guitar and what [Page] is wearing.”