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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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