Led Zeppelin Getting Sued Over "Stairway to Heaven"

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guitaryoder

I don't think Led Zeppelin ever wrote an original. They stole just about every song.

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jbbmusic

Everyone knew that Jimmy Page took this from Spirit years ago. It has always been talked about. Led Zep did gigs with Spirit, and then he came up with the song. Well known info.

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cobra commander

Led Zeppelin should also be sued for Stairway to Heaven not being ADA compliant.

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Cutshall

With a little distortion could be "Merry Go Round" from Motley Crue, same descending start, this is worse than "I didn't understand that the coffee would be hot".

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telemoxy

All songs currently being written are inspired by the music that has preceded them. Perhaps that is what Randy realized. Are you listening family. Do you care?

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thejesman

I'm sorry, but I find it startling that the writer completely fails to mention that Randy California isn't alive anymore.

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ripprock

So Randy came back and told who to sue who. I'm throwing this greedy ass case out of my court unless he and all the other dead blues brothers show up with their lawyers and a copy of all songs infringed upon. NEXT CASE.

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jmuriel

Are you all taking stupid pills? The intro to stairway is clearly a take on spirit's tune. Jimmy Page has been sued numerous times for ripping off songs so this is nothing new (google it). That being said, he did take the song and expand on it (not just being a complete ripoff). Anybody out there dumb enough to say that if someone was 'inspired' by stairway to heaven's intro and did the same exact thing as in this case that Jimmy Page wouldn't sue!!?? You bet your a** he would want royalties. The crazy thing is that randy california said that he didn't mind that it was ripped off (he was friends with the members of led zeppelin). Sucks to hear that his family felt differently.

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mgordon514

"Anybody out there dumb enough to say that if someone was 'inspired' by stairway to heaven's intro and did the same exact thing as in this case that Jimmy Page wouldn't sue!!??"

I'm dumb enough: Eric Clapton, "Let it Grow," Jimmy hasn't sued.

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chasefeagins

If you read the book "Listen To This" it details the long history of that riff. Basically it starts with a minor chord and either goes down chromatically or by whole steps, or some combination of the two. It has been used in classical music, latin music, rock, and many many others. 2 examples include "25 or 6 to 4" by Chicago and another Led Zeppelin tune "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You." I don't believe there is proper grounds or suing in this case.

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redhub1

I do hear a similarity, but only in a very general way. The real issue is did Zeppelin steal lyrics or a melody line from the song? No they did not. They took the seed and expanded on it and took it to another level and made a completely different song. If Spirit has a case then AC/DC could sue every other rock band that ever used a D>C>G chord progression. Not happening.

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bunzi1964

This is not even close, If he is paying a lawyer, he is wasting his money in my opinion.

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jbbmusic

??? It is the exact same thing? If you don't know music, no big deal, but why comment?

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macjohn

Not close enough to sue for. Now Jake Holmes... he could sue. Many others too, but not this.

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capnkrk

Nice try. There are zillions of songs with descending progressions.

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psychitout

Yeah i'm not hearing anything more than a passing resemblance. The progression starts out similar and then goes in a completely different direction. At best you could say the intro for stairway was inspired by spirit's song, and if you have to give writing credits to everyone your music was inspired by for every song your album credits would look like a phone book.

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danieljohndombek

Sounds more like "Time in a Bottle" than "Stairway." I don't think Randy's got a case.

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Guitar George 2012

Seeing as how Randy California drowned many years ago, I don't think it's really "his" case. His family's case, I suppose. As far as the band, Spirit, who is actually left alive from that band? I know Randy and Ed Cassidy have both since passed. Can a band member sue over a song if that band member had no part in writing it? How does that work?

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