By Hayden Wright
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin will appear in court to hear plagiarism arguments over their song, “Stairway to Heaven.” The trial is scheduled to begin June 14, but their decision to attend may disrupt some hearings as currently scheduled.
“We have previously made it clear that Messrs Page and Plant will attend the trial,” states a document submitted by their legal team. “But with them coming from England we cannot guarantee the day they will arrive.”
Opposing counsel slammed the decision as demonstrating a “lack of common courtesy.” Due to the rock stars’ indeterminate arrival to the U.S., plaintiffs in the case accused them of attempting to “dictate the court’s schedule.”
Plant and Page both sat for taped depositions, indicating to many that they would not appear in person for the trial. Jurors will decide whether a chord progression and melody in the opening of to “Stairway to Heaven” mimics the track “Taurus” by the band Spirit, with whom Zeppelin toured in the 70s.
The estate of Randy California (aka Randy Wolfe) brought the complaint against Led Zeppelin seeking a writing credit entitling beneficiaries to future royalties.
“Stairway to Heaven” Vs. “Taurus”