Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has dismissed claims “Stairway to Heaven” was stolen from a Spirit song as “ridiculous.”
Spirit’s bassist Mark Andes recently launched a legal bid to have the upcoming Led Zep remasters blocked from June release, insisting that the iconic opening riff from “Stairway to Heaven”" was stolen from their 1968 track “Taurus.”
The claim has come up before – Spirit’s late guitarist and leader Randy California said in 1997: “I’d say it was a rip-off. It’s a sore point with me.”
Page has now broken his silence, telling Liberation in a terse comment: “That’s ridiculous. I have no further comment on the subject.”
You all know what “Stairway To Heaven” sounds like. Here’s Spirit’s “Taurus” from three years earlier for you to compare.
In the same Liberation interview, Page admits “Stairway…” was Zeppelin’s most difficult studio production, saying: “It was complicated - it was difficult to achieve the accelerating movement.”
The new Led Zeppelin “Super Deluxe” reissued/remasters of Led Zeppelin, II and III are out June 2. Zeppelin have made a “new” video for the rough demo version of “Whole Lotta Love” included on the expanded version of II. (below).