Led Zeppelin is Being Sued Over ‘Stairway to Heaven’
By Shannon Carlin
Led Zeppelin’s 1971 song “Stairway to Heaven” sounds very similar to an instrumental track called “Taurus” from the English band, Spirit. Fans of that band have been saying it for the last four decades, but it seems now, 43 years later, the members of Spirit are finally taking action.
“It’s been a long time coming,” attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy, who represents a trust for Randy California, the deceased Spirit guitarist and writer of the song “Taurus,” told Bloomberg Businessweek.
Malofiy claims that the opening notes of “Stairway to Heaven” – one of the most iconic riffs of all time – mimic the same chord progression of Spirit’s song, which appeared on their 1968 debut.
Spirit opened for Zeppelin for a few U.S. show in 1969 and the band’s bassist Mark Andes, says they played “Taurus” during those sets. Jimmy Page has said he wrote “Stairway” in 1970.