Dis­pute over Stair­way To Heaven

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Led Zep­pelin face a le­gal dis­pute over their clas­sic Stair­way to Heaven. The copy­right in­fringe­ment ac­tion is be­ing taken on be­half of de­ceased Spirit gui­tarist Randy Cal­i­for­nia. Spirit re­leased a track called Tau­rus, fea­tur­ing a sim­i­lar chord pro­gres­sion to Stair­way’s in­tro, on their epony­mous de­but al­bum back in 1968. Zepp’s eight-minute mag­num opus was writ­ten around 1970 and, ac­cord­ing to Bloomberg Busi­nessweek, went on to earn the band more than £334m. Nei­ther Led Zep­pelin nor Warner Mu­sic have com­mented on the al­le­ga­tions. Mr Cal­i­for­nia was quoted by Bloomberg as de­scrib­ing Stair­way to Heaven as a “rip-off” shortly be­fore he drowned in 1997 while sav­ing his 12-year-old son Quinn from a rip cur­rent off the coast of Hawaii.

The con­tro­versy comes on the eve of Led Zep­pelin re­leas­ing new re­mas­ters of the band’s first three al­bums, in­clud­ing com­pan­ion discs with al­ter­na­tive ver­sions of many tracks. No live shows are planned.

Randy Cal­i­for­nia: is his song Tau­rus the ba­sis for Stair­way?

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