Jimmy Page Calls Stairway Theft Claim Ridiculous

(Classic Rock) Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has dismissed claims that their classic epic track “Stairway To Heaven” was taken from a Spirit song as “ridiculous.”

The American band’s bassist Mark Andes last week launched a legal bid to have the upcoming Led Zep remasters blocked from release next month, insisting that the iconic opening riff from Stairway was stolen from their 1968 track Taurus. The claim isn’t new – Spirit guitarist Randy California said before his death in 1997: “I’d say it was a rip-off. It’s a sore point with me.”

Page and Zep’s label Warner Music originally refused to comment on the lawsuit. But Page has briefly broken his silence, telling Liberation in a terse comment: “That’s ridiculous. I have no further comment on the subject.” More here…

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