KFIX Rock News: Jimmy Page Calls “Stairway To Heaven” Plagiarism Claim “Ridiculous”

pagein2Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has responded to claims that he copied the famous opening riff of “Stairway to Heaven” from a song by the band Spirit.

During a recent interview with French newspaper Liberation, the rock legend was asked about the accusations, to which he replied, “This is ridiculous.  I have no further comment on the subject.”

As previously reported, Francis Alexander Malofiy, an attorney who represents a songwriting trust for the late Spirit frontman Randy California, recently told Bloomberg Businessweek that he was preparing a copyright-infringement lawsuit and an injunction to block the upcoming reissue of the album Led Zeppelin IV, which includes a remastered version of “Stairway to Heaven.”

The report points out that California had claimed for years that the opening to “Stairway to Heaven” was copied from an instrumental track titled “Taurus” that appeared on Spirit’s 1968 debut album.

Regarding the legal challenge, Malofiy said, “The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on ‘Stairway to Heaven.’”

Meanwhile, Liberation also asked Page about the possibility of Led Zeppelin members performing again without Robert Plant, since Plant had suggested that his old band mates find another singer.

Page said he wouldn’t mind doing something without a singer, but then suggested that any project involving more than one Led Zeppelin member might be a complicated prospect.

“The problem is that as soon as you reunite, all the financial stakes become enormous,” he maintained. “For me, the most important thing is the music.  If we were playing together, even if it were only two members, it would be a nightmare.  With a singer added in too, it becomes too political.”

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