[lastfm]Led Zeppelin[/lastfm]‘s [lastfm]Jimmy Page[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Robert Plant[/lastfm] are at the center of a new lawsuit claiming they ripped off the main riffs to their classic song “Dazed and Confused.” The claims come from San Francisco-based songwriter [lastfm]Jake Holmes,[/lastfm] who claims he played the track for Page before Led Zeppelin was even formed.
Holmes, 70, alleges that he had already written and recorded the song when he opened for the [lastfm]Yardbirds[/lastfm] – whose lineup included Page at the time – at a New York City gig in 1967. According to Holmes, that is when Page co-opted the track.
“That was the infamous moment of my life when ‘Dazed and Confused’ fell into the loving arms and hands of Jimmy Page,” Holmes explains in an interview with Perfect Sound Magazine. “We decided to do a version. We worked it out together with Jimmy contributing the guitar riffs in the middle.”
Though Holmes has often been linked to the song by Led Zeppelin historians, Page has denied that the singer was involved with the song.
“I don’t know about all that,” Page told Musician Magazine, commenting on the matter in 1990. “I’d rather not get into it because I don’t know all the circumstances. What’s he got – the riff or whatever? . . . I haven’t heard Jake Holmes so I don’t know what it’s all about anyway. Usually my riffs are pretty damn original.”
If Holmes wins the lawsuit he could stand to receive the equivalent of three years income from the song.