Led Zeppelin Accused of Plagiarizing the Intro to "Stairway to Heaven"
A lawyer representing Spirit guitarist Randy California is claiming that Led Zeppelin (pictured left) stole the intro of 1971's "Stairway to Heaven" from Spirit's 1968 song "Taurus." Both songs can be heard below.
Attorney Francis Alexander Molofiy wants to stop the release of the reissue of Led Zeppelin IV. Molofiy said in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, "The idea behind this is to make sure that Randy California is given a writing credit on 'Stairway to Heaven.' It's been a long time coming."
Led Zeppelin is reissuing their first three albums--Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III--on June 3.
Spirit and California's family have waited until now to challenge Led Zeppelin because they couldn't afford to pay attorneys earlier.
Both bands played shows together in 1968 and 1969.