They won! Led Zeppelin have been found NOT guilty of ripping off another artist’s guitar riff and using it in their classic hit, ‘Stairway To Heaven.’ So exciting!
Legendary musicians, Robert Plant, 67, and Jimmy Page, 72, have plenty of reason to celebrate! Over 40 years after their hit song, “Stairway To Heaven,” was released in 1971, the band Led Zeppelin has been cleared of charges for plagiarism.
It’s official: Led Zeppelin is in the clear! After being accused of stealing a guitar riff from a band named Spirit in 1968, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page fought back in trial. On Thursday, June 23, the jury came back with a “not guilty” verdict — completely clearing the band of any charges, reports TMZ.
During the trial, musicians from both bands were asked to play the music on different instruments like guitars and keyboards so that the jury could hear it for themselves organically. The defense argued that the songs only shared a “common” descending chord sequence, in which the jury obviously agreed.
Spirit’s song, “Taurus,” was released in 1968, three years before Led Zeppelin debuted “Stairway to Heaven” in 1971. Spirit’s Randy Wolfe claims that Led Zeppelin first heard them play the song live at a concert in Denver where they both performed, but Led Zeppelin’s members deny that they were in attendance at the show.
Of course, it’s no surprise that their fans are ECSTATIC to hear the news! Check out just a few tweets below:
It is now confirmed that Led Zeppelin didn't steal Stairway to Heaven. All time fav!
— Alankar (@eracube) June 23, 2016
Led Zeppelin wins the lawsuit, nice.
— Nick Rizzo (@Hello_T1tties) June 23, 2016
A Los Angeles jury says Led Zeppelin did not steal the intro to the classic rock song 'Stairway to Heaven' Just sayin…
— Alphonse Quenneville (@AlphonseQ) June 23, 2016
There are only so many rhythm patterns and chord progressions, but "Stairway to Heaven" is in a league of its own tune. #LedZeppelin
— Lyndsey Dee (@lyndseyagogo) June 23, 2016
HollywoodLifers, listen to the two songs below and decide for yourself! Do YOU hear the similarity, or can you totally tell the difference? LISTEN:
Spirit — “Taurus”
Led Zeppelin — “Stairway To Heaven”