Jury to decide if Led Zeppelin stole ‘Stairway to Heaven’ riff

Last Updated: June 14, 2016
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Another scandal in the US music revealed the possible plagiarism. A legendary song by Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” could be stolen by musicians. The last word must say the Los Angeles court, which started the considering of the case on Tuesday. The point whether the members of Led Zeppelin stolen the riff.

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the band’s guitarist and singer, was named as defendants in the lawsuit brought by the trustee of guitarist Randy Wolfe from the band Spirit. Mr. Wolfe’s attorneys insist on his authorship of “Stairway to Heaven”, saying that theme came from “Taurus”. This song was written by guitarist Randy Wolfe in 1966 or 1967, and “Stairway to Heaven” was presented in 1971. Mr. Wolfe drowned in 1997, while saving his son at the sea$ so now his trustees arose the issue in the court.

The Led Zeppelin is ready to fight in the court, its members Page and Plant expected to testify as a defendant in the case. Both bands performed their songs around the same time in the 60-70s, but not on the same stage. The point is whether Led Zeppelin could hear “Taurus” and use the theme for “Stairway to Heaven”.

According to the Led Zeppelin’s attorneys, all the composers use notes and variations that have been circulating in music for centuries. “Ooh, it makes me wonder” (c)

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