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May 20th, 2014
09:35 PM ET

Led Zeppelin accused of stealing 'Stairway to Heaven'

It is one of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time, but was the intro to Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" stolen from the 1960's band Spirit?

According to an attorney for Spirit's former lead guitarist Randy California, the Zeppelin classic sounds strikingly similar to Spirit's song "Taurus."

Taurus was released in 1968, three-years before "Stairway to Heaven." But why is the band coming forward now, more than 40 years later?

In an interview with CNN's Brianna Keilar, Francis Malofiy, who is representing the late Randy California from the band Spirit discusses why the band is making the claim now.


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  1. David

    Spirit was never that popular. accusation is denied in my view.

    June 10, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  2. Emmi

    Sounds like, someone is look for money!

    June 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  3. Realist

    Similar...perhaps, it does contain the same root notes, ripped off, hardly. A lot of music has the same chord progressions. Do a you tube search for the Axis of Awesome and watch their 4 chords video.

    June 3, 2014 at 11:38 am | Reply
  4. jack

    all kinds of rock songs have similar structures and patterns. This song was no more stolen than any othe song written. Now whokle lotta love was stolen and was obvious but this not so much

    May 29, 2014 at 11:10 am | Reply
  5. spoofbyrd

    Absurd They are two different songs This stuff is getting out of hand. What about Lagrange by ZZ Top and Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum ? What about Day Tripper by the Beatles and Hair of the Dog by Nazareth ? Does anybody truly on the chromatic scale or the I IV V chord progression or even the A 4/4o ?

    May 29, 2014 at 1:03 am | Reply
  6. Fred Rutgers

    And so they DON'T PLAY the two intros so the viewer can make up their own mind?!?! Good Lord, why is CNN so clueless about what makes a news story complete?

    May 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • Outside Observer

      Maybe because we could then hear for ourselves that there's no case here? Or because yes, they're that clueless. Either way, it's bad.

      May 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • hoodwinked

      my thoughts exactly. now i'll have to google taurus...

      May 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Reply
    • peter

      jimmy page and robert plant not only copied stairway to heaven but they copied many songs from other artists. they are both frauds

      May 28, 2014 at 4:39 am | Reply
  7. Al Ngullie

    Funny, these people returns after 900 million years to claim something they belongs to someone else. Oh, for the love of money

    May 22, 2014 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  8. mike

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWeejHJxGjs&w=640&h=390]

    May 22, 2014 at 11:17 am | Reply
  9. JustStopIt

    Unless this gibberish was computer-generated, please, seek help, you're not well.

    May 22, 2014 at 7:04 am | Reply
  10. Rimas Polikaitis

    The root chords for both songs (instrumental on the part of the Spirit song "Taurus"), are the same for the 3-4 descending riffs / chords ONLY!! Everything else, every other progression, melodic line, stanzas, etc are so different from one another. These are 2 completely different songs....I do not understand this lawsuit; why aren't blues musicians suing each other more often for composing 12-bar rifts in the key of E

    May 21, 2014 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  11. Scott Baines

    Has this guy ever listened to both songs? I may hear similar chords in it, but I don't hear the intro from Stairway. I'm not buying the whole "didn't have enough money to sue 40 yrs ago either" Basically this trust needed money, and they figured they'd try to cash in on a song from a band that was CLEARLY better than they were. How do we know that Jimmy Page didn't help write the song for Spirit when they were on the road together?

    May 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  12. Name*Phil G

    Spirit? You were great and more successful than one of the greatest bands of all times!? STFU! Led Zepp could record any songs you have written or performed tomorrow. Bottom line. You will never.....ever....ever....ever! Compare to them! FOOLS!

    May 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm | Reply

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