Jimmy Page Says Stairway to Heaven Ripoff Claim Is 'Ridiculous'

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Hmmmmmm guess opinions vary.

Jimmy Page Says Stairway to Heaven Ripoff Claim Is 'Ridiculous' - Businessweek

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When we reported on a claim that Jimmy Page lifted the opening notes of 1971′s Stairway to Heaven, the Led Zeppelin guitarist and the rest of the band, via Warner Music, declined to comment to Bloomberg Businessweek. Now, as Page conducts a whirlwind publicity tour for the June 3 re-release of Led Zeppelin’s first three albums, France’s Liberation newspaper has put the question to him directly.
“The group Spirit accuses you of having copied one of their songs for Stairway to Heaven,” journalist Guillaume Tion says in the interview, which was published in French.
Page wasted no words in his responce: “That’s ridiculous. I have no further comment on the subject.
Spirit, a relatively forgotten band that had a hit with I Got A Line On You, released a song called Taurus on its 1968 debut album that, to some ears, resembles the first measures of Stairway. A lawyer for the trust of Spirit’s late guitarist said he’s preparing a copyright infringement lawsuit, which he has yet to file.
Questions about Led Zeppelin’s originality have mounted with the pending release of its full discography in deluxe editions. In an earlier interviewwith the New York Times, Page was asked about Led Zeppelin’s use of material from blues musicians who got belated credit. He said the distinctive guitar part from one of those songs, Whole Lotta Love, was purely his. “I had a riff, which is a unique riff, O.K.,” he said.
When asked in the Liberation interview what the hardest song was for Led Zeppelin to put together in the studio, Page said it was Stairway, because of its accelerating tempo. “But it wasn’t insurmountable for the brilliant musicians that we are,” he adds, laughing.


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they should have asked him if he belonged in jail for "dating" 14 year old girls:laugh2::laugh2::laugh2:
 

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they should have asked him if he belonged in jail for "dating" 14 year old girls:laugh2::laugh2::laugh2:

NICE you get em boy, don't let that vile scum get away with it, make him pay, jail, prison, torture, humiliation, never give up never surrender.

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[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWeejHJxGjs[/ame]
 

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Dey gonna be payin' up.
 

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You bang one 14 year old girl when you're an adult and you're thought of as a pedophile for the rest of your life. Geeeez.
 

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You bang one 14 year old girl when you're an adult and you're thought of as a pedophile for the rest of your life. Geeeez.

this made me lol :laugh2::laugh2::laugh2:

Seems Mr Page stonewalls when asked questions about uncomfortable subjects....this for example, as well as his drug use. I remember reading an article where he got really feisty when the journalist started tiptoeing around his heroin use (habit?).
 

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it does sound very similar to Stairway To Heaven

listen from 0:44 to 1:10

[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd8AVbwB_6E]Taurus- Spirit - YouTube[/ame]
 

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LOL...the point I was trying to make is Spirit does not own that particular cord progression.
 

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Why people or press dredge old things up is beyond me. Rock and Roll history has made it's judgment. It sold, it broke out Zep, it is banned in the guitar sections of music stores - shutup!:)
 

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What else WOULD he say?

"Yeah, we copied it. But we're hoping it will all blow over."
 

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You bang one 14 year old girl when you're an adult and you're thought of as a pedophile for the rest of your life. Geeeez.

I think its the kidnapping, criminal confinement and all the rest of that stuff that has most people a little miffed--:shock:

Maybe I'm wrong--
 

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