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Robert Plant Makes Fun of Pearl Jam for Ripping Off Led Zeppelin Song

Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant recently poked fun at Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready about the striking similarities between Zeppelin's 1971 track "Going to California" and Pearl Jam's 1998 tune "Given to Fly."

Plant was interviewed by McCready on SiriusXM's Pearl Jam Radio. Asked about "how important is it to create?", Rob replied:

"Crucial, absolutely crucial. Being an entertainer, outside of skill, craft, experience, and whatever else it is you grow into, repetition is a hell of an evil bedfellow.

"To repeat yourself as regularly as we do as entertainers, you know this, I mean how many times have you played 'Going to California'? Oh sorry, whatever your song is called [Mike laughs]. F--king hell, what is it called?"

Mike replied, "It's called 'Given to Fly,' yes, yes [laughs]." Robert noted, "Yeah, yeah, whoopsadaisy. Mind you, nobody's perfect. The truth of the matter is..."

"We all borrow, right? Or steal?", Mike chimed in. "Well that’s what your singer said," Rob said.

Back to Mike, "Yes. He said 'Given to California.' When you came to see us in Sweden, we did the song, and he said, he dedicated it to you I think, and acknowledged you, and said 'Given to California.'"

Plant sarcastically replied, "It's a good job he had some dancing girls backstage afterwards to take the heat out of the moment [Mike laughs]. We're all mature, so we all know that's okay. I didn't get a check in the post, nothing like that."

"It could be in the mail!", Mike added.

From:Ultimate Guitar

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April 24, 1969 - 2nd US Tour begins (1st as headliners) at the Fillmore West
April xx, 1970 - Robert comments about the violence in the audience near the end of the fifth tour
April 04, 1970 - Jimmy Page performs White Summer/Black Mountain Side on the Julie Felix BBC show
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
April 26, 1988 - James Patrick Page III’s birthday. He is named after his father is the only son of Jimmy and Patricia Ecker. Jimmy spoke of his son saying: "He is wonderful. He has made a big difference to my life."
April 21, 1998 - Page and Plant released Walking Into Clarksdale.
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