Led Zeppelin Sued for Plagiarizing Spirit Song in 'Stairway to Heaven'

artist: Led Zeppelin date: 05/19/2014 category: general music news

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Led Zeppelin Sued for Plagiarizing Spirit Song in 'Stairway to Heaven'
For yet another time, rock gods Led Zeppelin are facing a copyright lawsuit for one of their classic tracks, this time around for the legendary "Stairway to Heaven."

AsĀ Business Week reports, founding bassist of Spirit, Mark Andes, is suing Zeppelin for stealing the guitar part of the band's 1968 track "Taurus."

Released on Spirit's self-titled debut in 1968, the two-and-a-half-minute instrumental was recorded in as early as 1967. And the similarities between one of the most iconic rock tunes of all time, released in 1971, are indeed striking.

Andres is hoping that the song's original author, Randy California, gets a part of the credits. Randy himself once addressed the matter in an interview, saying, "I'd say it was a ripoff. And the guys made millions of bucks on it and never said 'Thank you,' never said, 'Can we pay you some money for it?' It's kind of a sore point with me. Maybe someday their conscience will make them do something about it."

Back in 1968, Led Zeppelin have performed their first-ever US show as an opening act for Spirit and have also shared the stage with the band on several festivals in 1969.

Led Zeppelin were already ordered on several occasions to share their writing credits due to lawsuits. The list of their classics songs labeled as stolen includes "Whole Lotta Love," "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You," "The Lemon Song" and "Dazed and Confused."

You can check out "Taurus" and "Stairway to Heaven" below, the crucial part in "Taurus" comes at around 0:45. We've also embedded a video of other Led Zep plagiarism examples.

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