JURY: LED ZEPPELIN DID NOT STEAL ''STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN'' OPENING

Jun 23, 2016

By Bob Komsic

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The English rock band Led Zeppelin did not rip off the opening riff of the song ”Taurus” for ”Stairway to Heaven.”
A jury in LA concluded the opening to the 1967 song by the U.S. band Spirit was ”not intrinsically similar” to Stairway’s opening.
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Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page (right) and singer Robert Plant deny stealing the opening chords to ‘Stairway to Heaven’
The case was brought forward on behalf of Spirit’s latest guitarist Randy Wolfe.
Their lawyers argued Led Zeppelin became familiar with Spirit’s song after the bands played on the same bill at a club in Birmingham, England in 1970.
Spirit’s bassist testified he met Zeppelin’s Robert Plant at the show and played snooker with him afterward.
Plant maintains he has no memory of that night, saying it would be hard to remember a one-off meeting from over 40 years ago.
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