The lawsuit over whether Led Zeppelin copied Spirit’s song “Taurus” for “Stairway To Heaven” will be decided by a jury.
The Washington Post is reporting that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant will face a jury in California on May 10th regarding if they did at least copy some parts for their song.
U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner of the Central District of California wrote in a 20-page opinion denying, in part, Led Zeppelin’s motion for summary judgment. Pointing out that a descending chromatic four-chord progression is common, the similarities transcend the core structure. Also noting that the bass line is played at the same pitch, repeated twice, and separated by a short bridge.
Both sides of the case have conflicting stories regarding both band’s sharing stages and music festivals prior to the song’s release. Where Jimmy Page has said he had never heard the song until recently, while in 1991 Randy Wolfe, who died in 1997, had said that the two bands had hung out, became friends, and members of Led Zeppelin even sat in the front row of Spirit shows.