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Led Zeppelin Sued For ‘Stairway’ Rip-Off – Hear The Evidence

by | 21st, May 2014

Leadsinger Robert Plant of the British rock band Led Zeppelin performs at the Live Aid concert at Philadelphia's J.F.K. Stadium, on July 13, 1985. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)


TO crate diggers and muso-nerds, this won’t be news at all, but to the occasional rock fan, you may not know that Led Zeppelin’s iconic ‘Stairway To Heaven’ has been accused of being a rip-off for quite some time.

And now, someone is suing the band over it.

Zep just so happen to be on the cusp of re-releasing their first three albums, which is handy as ‘Stairway’ is on the fourth and they might have to change the songwriting credits if they lose the case.

So what’s the craic?

Well, a lawyer representing the trust for Randy California, late (and brilliant) guitarist for the band Spirit, claims Zeppelin stole the intro for ‘Stairway to Heaven’ from Spirit’s ’68 instrumental track ‘Taurus.’

Here it is.


Now, the similarity is striking, although, ‘Stairway’ has a long more song than the intro.

However, there are photographs of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant sat in the front row of a Spirit concert, so they were clearly fans. And what with California, who died in 1997, writing the lick three years before the release of Zep IV, there might well be a case.

Have a listen to the Zep track, should you need reminding.

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