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marymary100 - 11-4-2016 at 21:20

Stairway to Heaven



The lawsuit was brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Randy Wolfe, also known as Randy California, who was Spirit's guitarist and the composer of "Taurus."

Skidmore said Page may have been inspired to write "Stairway" for Led Zeppelin after hearing Spirit perform "Taurus" while the bands toured together in 1968 and 1969, but that Wolfe never got credit.

The defendants said Wolfe was a songwriter-for-hire who had no copyright claim, and that the chord progressions were so clichéd that they did not deserve copyright protection.

But the judge said a jury could find "substantial" similarity between the first two minutes of "Stairway" and "Taurus," which he called "arguably the most recognizable and important segments" of the songs.

Taurus comparison

Theravad - 12-4-2016 at 08:02

This after a similar law suite t'other year - a whole bunch of mediocre lawyers are now repositioning their business and buying audio comparison software ... kerching

John_Little - 12-4-2016 at 08:33

Just been talking about this on the Barclay James Harvest forum. Us rock fans have known this for years so why would they do this now? Mind you, I think Jimmy page summed it up by saying "its the most cliched chord progression ever".

Do yourselves a favour. Take off Stairway to heaven and put on Child in Time by Deep Purple instead.

Theravad - 12-4-2016 at 08:40

Originally posted by John_Little
Take off Stairway to heaven and put on Child in Time by Deep Purple instead.

Good Lord (pun intended) ;-)

John_Little - 12-4-2016 at 11:43

Just thought. Copyright expires after 50 years. So sue now or forever hold your peace.

marymary100 - 12-4-2016 at 11:54

It's about inheritance for his family I think. There's something "missing" from the Spirit version and although 2 minutes seems like a long time in modern songs, it was less than a quarter of this 8 minute track.

We went to see LZ in the early 70s but I actually bought DP as well as going to see them. I got a bit sick of Ritchie Blackmore when I saw him changing his guitar in the wings before the smash-it-all-up bit on stage. It took the shine off the so called rock and roll attitude.

LSemmens - 12-4-2016 at 13:22

I was at my first music practice in years tonight and our lead guitarist was playing a little riff he'd been mucking around with, and both I and our other bass player both thought it sounded very much like "Eagle Rock". It wasn't, nor was it ever intended to be. Some riffs, just "have that sound" If you play, say, a F#dim7 chord, someone will come up with "You stole my chord" because I used it in my song, "Legend in my own lounge room".

Yes, in this case the riff does sound similar to "Stairway" but, guess what, that progression has been used in many and varied ways since before Betthoven was born.

John_Little - 12-4-2016 at 14:39

Sharpened 9ths are referred to as the "Jimi Hendrix" chord.

LSemmens - 12-4-2016 at 23:55

My point exactly.