Created on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 21:08
Led Zeppelin have officially denied that classic track Stairway To Heaven was copied from Spirit song Taurus, in legal papers filed last week.
Bassist Mark Andes and the estate of late Spirit guitarist Randy California raised an action last year, alleging that the introduction to Zep's 1971 masterwork was taken from 1968 track Taurus.
Documents claimed Jimmy Page had been exposed to the music when the bands toured together during Zep's first US trip. But the guitarist last year dismissed the suggestion as "ridiculous".
Now papers filed in a California court flatly refute the accusation of copyright breach, and say the band don't have enough knowledge of the case to answer it. They do admit to playing a medley that included a Spirit track during live shows in 1968 and 1969.
One section reads: "Answering paragraph 11 of the First Amended Complaint, including the First Amended Complaint's footnote 1, Defendants admit that Led Zeppelin has been called one of the greatest bands in history and its members were and are exceptionally talented, but otherwise deny each and every allegation contained in paragraph 11 of the First Amended Complaint."
Led Zep failed in an attempt to have the suit dismissed in 2014, but succeeded in having the legal action moved from Pennsylvania to California.
Before his death in 1997, Randy California described the situation as a "sore point" and added: "I'd say it was a rip-off. The guys made millions of bucks on it and never said, 'Thank you' – never said, 'Can we pay you some money?'"
From: Classic Rock
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|April 16, 1970 - Whole Lotta Love was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK, Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on December 5, 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a "no-singles" approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK and he halted the release.|
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|April xx, 1972 - Recording sessions for Houses Of The Holy at Stargroves and Olympic studios|
|April xx, 1973 - Led Zeppelin rehearse their new stage show in preparation for their huge 1973 US Tour|
|April xx, 1974 - Swan Song concentrates its efforts on signing new acts|
|April xx, 1975 - Jimmy does some mixing at Electric Lady studios for TSRTS soundtrack|
|April 19, 1975 - 51,000 tickets sell in two hours for three nights at Earls Court, two added dates see another 34,000 tickets sold|
|April xx, 1976 - The band decide they will release their film to theaters|
|April 30, 1977 - Led Zeppelin breaks the record for the largest attendance for a single-act show in the Pontiac Silverdome with 76,229 in attendance|
|April xx, 1978 - The band hold a meeting, this time with Robert, to discuss Zeppelin’s future|
|April 03, 1979 - Page, Bonham and Plant jam with Bad Company again in Birmingham|
|April 27, 1980 - The band rehearses at Rainbow Theater for an upcoming European tour|
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|April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.|