Jury Rules In Favor Of Led Zeppelin In 'Stairway To Heaven' Case
June 23, 2016 at 10:56 AM (PT)
A LOS ANGELES jury has decided that legendary rock band LED ZEPPELIN did not steal the opening to its classic anthem "Stairway to Heaven" from a tune by the band SPIRIT, NBC NEWS reports.
The trust for late songwriter RANDY WOLFE claimed LED ZEPPELIN guitarist JIMMY PAGE and singer ROBERT PLANT used a riff from SPIRIT's 1968 instrumental "Taurus" in the intro to "Stairway To Heaven."
“We are grateful for the jury’s conscientious service and pleased that it has ruled in our favor, putting to rest questions about the origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and confirming what we have known for 45 years," the band's JIMMY PAGE and ROBERT PLANT said in a statement. "We appreciate our fans’ support, and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us.”
"At WARNER MUSIC GROUP, supporting our artists and protecting their creative freedom is paramount," a WMG spokesperson added. "We are pleased that the jury found in favor of LED ZEPPELIN, re-affirming the true origins of 'Stairway to Heaven.' LED ZEPPELIN is one of the greatest bands in history, and JIMMY PAGE and ROBERT PLANT are peerless songwriters who created many of rock’s most influential and enduring songs."