Stairway To Heaven Trial: Jimmy Page And JPJ Take The Witness Stand
The Plot Thickens…
The surviving members of legendary rock band Led Zeppelin were all present in court to face the copyright infringement case against their iconic song, “Stairway to Heaven.” They were accused of copying its famous opening riff and stealing the notes from the instrumental “Taurus” by band Spirit. Mark Andes, Spirit’s founding bass player, claimed that Jimmy Page heard them play it during one of their tours. When Jimmy took the witness stand however, he claimed that he only heard “Taurus” a few years ago when his son-in-law played it for him. He was so chill during the trial, he even played air drums and did a boogie move when the acoustic renditions of both songs were played.
Fellow bandmate John Paul Jones also said that Page had never mentioned Spirit and he only found out about them when the lawsuit was filed. Michael Skidmore, trustee of Randy Wolfe who is the late composer of Taurus and Spirit guitarist, seeks writing credit in addition to damages.