Two of the mainstays of the superstar rock band Led Zeppelin are being dragged into court as the copyright battle over the 1971 classic “Stairway to Heaven” heats up.
Entertainment Weekly reports that a U.S. court ruled singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page must appear before a jury in L.A. on May 10. The trial is part of an infringement suit filed in 2014 alleging that the Zeppelin classic ripped off part of the Spirit song “Taurus.” (You can hear “Taurus” below.)
“In the court documents, obtained by EW, Spirit claims the band and Led Zeppelin played together on the same bill three times between 1968 and 1970, before ‘Stairway to Heaven’ was written, and that Led Zeppelin used the opening chords on ‘Taurus’ after hearing it performed,” the story reports. The suit was filed by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe.
“Plant and Page have long told the story that they wrote the track in a cottage in Wales,” the report notes.