Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page have been told they must face a US jury trial over whether they stole opening chords for their tune Stairway To Heaven.
A US district judge has ruled that Stairway and the 1967 instrumental Taurus by the band Spirit were similar enough to let a jury decide whether Plant and Page were liable for copyright infringement.
The lawsuit was brought forward by a trustee for the late Randy Wolfe (Randy California) who was Spirit’s guitarist and the composer of Taurus.
The lawsuit claims Jimmy Page may have been inspired to write Stairway to Heaven after hearing Spirit perform Taurus while the bands toured together in 1968 and 1969.
A trial is scheduled for May 10th.
You decided. Here’s a comparison of both isolated riffs back to back.
Now here’s the full version of “Taurus” by Spirit
And of course…”Stairway to Heaven”