Band are accused of copying the guitar riff for their classic track
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page appeared in court on Wednesday (June 15) and testified that he didn’t steal the riff for his band’s classic hit ‘Stairway To Heaven’.
It is claimed that Led Zeppelin copied the iconic 1971 song’s guitar riff from ‘Taurus’, a 1968 song by Californian band Spirit. The case is now being heard in Los Angeles after the estate of late Spirit guitarist Randy California sued Led Zeppelin in 2014 over alleged similarities between the two songs.
Appearing during the second day of the trial, Page claimed that he hadn’t heard Spirit’s song until a few years ago. “Something like that would stick in my mind. It was totally alien to me,” Page said, as reported by Associated Press.
However, Page did acknowledge that he owned three Spirit albums in his personal collection and that Led Zeppelin used a riff from another Spirit track in a medley played during their first tour in Scandinavia.
Meanwhile, former Spirit member Mark Andes also testified on Wednesday, sharing his view that that riffs from both songs were the same.
Andes said that Spirit played ‘Taurus’ during a show in Denver in 1968 where Zeppelin were the opening act. He also said that he “hung out” and “had a blast” with Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant after a Spirit show in Birmingham in 1970.
Robert Plant and bassist John Paul Jones are expected to testify later in the trial, although Jones is not a defendant in the case.
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