It’s been a long-running legal argument between Led Zeppelin and a band called Spirit, who claims that the mighty Zep ripped off their 1968 song “Taurus” for the opening riff to 1971’s “Stairway to Heaven.” In 2016, and after many court cases, a jury finally ruled that there was no theft. However, the band –and the song — is back in the legal spotlight since another judge determined that there had been flaws in the jury instruction process in 2016. And so, one of classic rock’s great anthems finds itself in the docket…again.
CultureSonar tapped one of our friends, professional musician Vinnie DeMasi, for his view on this contentious legal back and forth. Listen– and see what you think.
Photo: Led Zeppelin 1975 Earls Court Robert Plant and Jimmy Page (Photo by Chris Walter/Getty Images)