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Led Zep respond to Stairway lawsuit

Led Zep respond to Stairway lawsuit

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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December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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