Guitar riff that the band Led Zeppelin used the song “Stairway to Heaven”, is not plagiarism. To such conclusion came a jury in Los Angeles, reports Reuters.
The trial lasted a week. Led Zeppelin was suspected of copying the song “Taurus” by the band Spirit which was released a few years before “Stairway to Heaven”. The lawsuit was filed by Michael Skidmore, the Trustee of the property of the deceased Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, known as Randy California.
However, the jury after two days of deliberations came to the conclusion that, in fact, the guitar riffs sounding in started Led Zeppelin songs were not similar to those heard in “Taurus”.
The trial was attended by the soloist of Led Zeppelin’s Robert plant and guitarist Jimmy page. Their reaction after the verdict was “insignificant,” notes Reuters. While Paige in his testimony said that was not very familiar with the song “Taurus,” but explained that he had a album Spirit with this song.
“Stairway to Heaven” is one of the most famous songs of Led Zeppelin, it was released in 1971. In the 1970-ies it was the most played on American radio stations.