LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit claiming the intro to Led Zeppelin’s hit “Stairway to Heaven” was copied from another band’s song (all times local):
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has wrapped up his testimony in a lawsuit accusing him of stealing the intro to “Stairway to Heaven.”
Page testified Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles that he couldn’t identify the musical elements of the sheet music for the Spirit song “Taurus” that he is accused of lifting.
The estate of Spirit’s founder, the late Randy Wolfe, claims Led Zeppelin violated the song’s copyright.
Page was played “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and he was asked if it was the inspiration for “Stairway.”
He smiled as it was played and said he was familiar with the ditty from “Mary Poppins” but it wasn’t his inspiration.
He said the structure of the song has a similar chord sequence because it’s “been around forever.”
Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page faces tough questioning in a trial over whether the band stole a riff for the opening of “Stairway to Heaven.”
Page is to resume testimony Thursday in Los Angeles federal court in a dispute over the copyright to the Spirit song, “Taurus.”
Page says he never heard the instrumental tune on Spirit’s first album and didn’t realize he owned a copy of it until he learned that comparisons with “Stairway” were cropping up online.
Page says his band did borrow a riff from another Spirit tune in the early days of the band when it didn’t have a lot of material and relied heavily on cover songs.
Page says he only knew Spirit’s song “Fresh Garbage” because he heard it on the radio.
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