OK I know this confession doesn't bode well with the last post. So be it. My favorite rock band of all time is Led Zeppelin. I say this, because they are the greatest rock band of all time. I like ever single song they ever did. I had all of them. Every one. As a teen I even had the 45 (you do know what a 45 is don't you?) of the Immigrant Song just so I could listen to "Hey Hey What can I Do?".
It seems that an old controversy is raising its ugly head.
Here is a link to an article about the lawsuit.
The "controversy" is all about the biggest grossing, and most famous 8 minutes of rock and roll, "Stairway to Heaven". Who really wrote "Stairway to Heaven"? Short answer: Led Zeppelin did. BUT the intro sounds like a riff from Spirit's "Taurus". BUT Led Zeppelin had Spirit open for them. BUT Jimmy Page probably heard "Taurus", more than once even. Zeppelin ripped off other artists.
All of that is true. None of it matters. IF "Stairway" had never become a big hit you would have never even known that "Taurus" existed. No you wouldn't. Nobody is that big a fan of Classic Rock or of Spirit.
I have no doubt that Jimmy Page heard parts, if not all of "Taurus" at one time or another.
Here's the deal people. The first rift of "Stairway" is the easiest thing that can be played on a guitar. Anyone can do it. Here's a vid of how to do it. The vid is less than 7 minutes long. The vid is that long because there is more to "Stairway" than the first rift. Incidentally ONLY the first rift, and then only part of that sounds like "Taurus".
There is a reason that most guitar shops have sings on the wall that say "NO STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN". The reason is that every kid, teen and perpetual adolescent of any age comes in and starts picking out those notes. Anyone can do it because its just a matter of walking your pick across the fret board. "Stairway to Heaven" has been the reason millions of dollars have been spent buying kids guitar lessons. Every kid who thinks he wants to play can pick up the first rift in less than 10 minutes, and mom and dad are stuck shelling out cash for lessons because the kid comes home able to pick out notes that are recognizable as a song.
Did Jimmy Page rip off those 8 notes and build a rock anthem at Spirit's expense? Probably not. The rift is based on a natural progression of notes. "Stairway" takes those notes and builds into a rock power house that sounds nothing like "Taurus". You can make a better case for Page and Plant channeling Aleister Crowley for source material.
Is Led Zed going to have to pay out some cash over this? Maybe. If they do its just going to leave Jimmy singing "Nobody's Fault but Mine". At least nobody has claimed that they helped write that too. If Zeppelin has to pay out for Stairway, how much should Spirit have to pay them for the making them a foot note in Rock history?