Monday 21 May 2018

LISTEN: Does Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven really sound like Spirit's instrumental Taurus?

Rock gods: Led Zeppelin in their prime
Rock gods: Led Zeppelin in their prime
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Led Zeppelin's lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page are the latest musicians to face plagiarism allegations.

An LA judge has said that the band's 1971 classic Stairway to Heaven is similar enough to the 1967 instrumental Taurus by the band Spirit to let a jury decide whether or not they're liable for copyright infringement.

Here are the two tracks to compare and contrast:

First up, Spirit's 1967 instrumental Taurus...

And Led Zeppelin's classic Stairway to Heaven in 1971...

The trial is scheduled for May 10. 

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