A couple of months ago, we posted the article below. Here’s an update:
A few hours ago, an LA Jury found that Led Zeppelin did not steal Stairway To Heaven‘s iconic opening riff from Randy Wolfe (a.k.a. Randy California) who wrote the song “Taurus” for the band Spirit. Best of all — according to the LA Times, the jury based their decision on hearing the music! Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Shortly before making that decision, the jury returned to the courtroom and asked U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner to hear recordings of both songs played on an acoustic guitar again. They were played twice, and the jury returned to deliberations.
Just 15 minutes later, the court reconvened, and jurors announced they had reached a verdict.
See the full article here.
Do you agree? Below is our April 14 post on the subject along with a video of each song (the passage in question begins at :45 seconds into the song Taurus).
A recent article in the Boston Globe tells the story of several lawsuits against Led Zeppelin, with particular detail on a Los Angeles judge’s ruling to proceed to a jury trial this May in order to determine whether Jimmy Page stole the opening guitar riff to “Stairway to Heaven” from Randy California, composer of “Taurus” by the band Spirit.
Below are the two songs. Listen to the intro of each one — especially the acoustic guitar parts.
Do you really think Page stole the lick?