A federal court jury in Los Angeles two years ago found Led Zeppelin did not steal the famous riff from the song Taurus by the band Spirit. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Every major rock band of the early 70s had their own equivalent of Stairway, their own big, meaningful statement: I remember vividly Robert was sitting on the floor, back against the wall, writing, while this was going on.
Or at least if you grew up like I did, and became a punk rocker. In other words, if you were looking for the ur -song of classic rock, for something combining incredible popularity, a huge selection of myths, and a faint sense of preposterousness, then your search can begin and end with Stairway to Heaven.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Wolfe - who was nicknamed Randy California by his friend Jimi Hendrix because there were two Randys in the band — wrote an instrumental track called Taurus for the "love of his life" in the late 1960s, the court heard. We had another couple of run-throughs and then he walks over and he starts singing along.
A lawsuit has been filed by Michael Skidmore, the trustee of Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe - known by the nickname Randy California - who drowned on January 2, 1997 having never taken legal action over the song.
Led Zeppelin appreciated Spirit "on an intimate level" and played a cover of the "pioneering" US band's single Fresh Garbage 16 times at their concerts, Mr Malofiy said. He climbed up, and without ceremony starting playing along with the group. Page had worked out the sections of the song at his home in Pangbourne, near Reading, before bringing it to Headley Grange in Hampshire, where Zeppelin were recording their fourth album in late 1970 and early 1971.
Led Zeppelin's lawyer Peter Anderson said: Stairway, like many other Zeppelin songs, has become mired in controversy amid accusations of plagiarism.
Most popular. The cod mysticism is why Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers — a dedicated fan — reckons Stairway is the perfect entry point for Zeppelin, and why it tends to be kids rather than adults who obsess over it. Despite initially claiming he did not know Spirit, Page later acknowledged he liked the band, while Plant had been out socially with some members of the group, the court heard.
Certainly, playing it live presented problems for Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin is one of the most iconic rock bands of all time.
Page has an idea for what would happen if he were playing the song in this era: Enough evidence remains to show history cannot be rewritten. All still have plenty of admirers, but only Stairway is known to everyone who listens to rock music. Both pieces of music were played to the jury of four men and four women during the hearing.Stairway To Heaven (Cover With Tab)