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Led Zeppelin pulls out of Jack Black film

Nov. 7, 2006 at 2:13 PM

CHICAGO, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Led Zeppelin originally approved the use of "Stairway to Heaven" in the upcoming Tenacious D film, but demanded the song be pulled after the scene was filmed.

Jack Black wanted to use "Stairway to Heaven," as part of a gag in his new movie "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny," the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday.

The scene was set in a mock Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in California. All of the groups depicted in this fake museum had to give permission to use their name, music and song titles.

Black and his "D" partner, Kyle Gass, had a moment when they were going to climb a huge staircase with a flashing neon sign "Stairway to Heaven."

"The Beatles said yes to having their image in the scene. Many groups said no problem," said director Liam Lynch. "Zeppelin was a problem. They gave us permission and withdrew it after we filmed the scene with a huge 'Stairway to Heaven.' They said no and we had to re-shoot that part of the movie."

"We ended up calling the staircase 'Guitarway to Heaven,' " said Lynch. "And we were like f-- you. I don't really want to get into it more. We also had problems with the Sex Pistols."

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