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Appeal Launched In Led Zeppelin 'Stairway To Heaven' Lawsuit


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Michael Skidmore, who unsuccessfully sued Led Zeppelin for copyright infringement over their 1971 classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’, has filed a notice of appeal against the court’s ruling. In June Led Zeppelin were cleared of copying the opening chords of Spirit’s ‘Taurus’, for ‘Stairway to Heaven’, but Skidmore is asking the courts to review their decision.

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The notice of appeal, obtained by The Wrap, reads: “Please take notice that Plaintiff Michael Skidmore, Trustee for the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust, hereby appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from the final judgment entered on June 23, 2016, as well as any and all interlocutory rulings, decisions, and orders that gave rise to the judgment and are merged therein.”

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'Lost' BBC Session By Led Zeppelin Recovered And Restored


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A 1969 session recorded by Led Zeppelin, thought to have been lost when BBC archives were cleared, is to be included on an expanded re-issue of the band’s 1997 compilation The Complete BBC Sessions later this year.

A set from the then-fledgling rock giants was broadcast on the BBC’s World Service as part of Alexis Korner’s Rhythm and Blues programme. Featuring the only known recording of Zep’s version of ‘Sunshine Woman’, it was never heard again and was presumed to have been lost.

However, a home recording was made by a fan from an AM radio, and has been restored to reasonable quality by professionals overseen by the group’s guitarist Jimmy Page.

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Album Of The Day: 'Led Zeppelin IV' By Led Zeppelin


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Led Zeppelin are currently facing a complicated court case as a trustee of Spirit frontman Randy California sues them for copyright infringment on their song 'Stairway To Heaven'. But that's just got us thinking about that classic album it was taken from.

Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV is our Album Of The Day

The artist... Led Zeppelin formed in London in 1968 with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. They are generally thought of as one of the very first heavy metal outfits, but they took much influence from blues, folk and psychedelia. They've sold between 200 and 300 million records around the world and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

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Jimmy Page Testifies In Led Zeppelin Copyright Case


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Things are hotting up now that the Led Zeppelin copyright case has gone to trial, with guitarist Jimmy Page being called to testify in it's second day (June 15th 2016) in defense of his band that they did not copy the riff of 'Stairway To Heaven' from 'Taurus' by Spirit. 

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Jimmy Page claimed that he had never heard 'Taurus' before he wrote 'Stairway to Heaven' in 1971, after his band was taken to court by the late Spirit frontman Randy California's trustee Michael Skidmore for the alleged similarities between the two tracks. It's taken two years for the case to come to trial, and it gets more and more complicated by the minute.

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Led Zeppelin Copyright Case Goes To Court: Bring In The Experts


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It's been a long delay but a lawsuit against Led Zeppelin claiming the band plagiarized their hit 'Stairway To Heaven' from Spirit has finally gone to trial today (June 14th 2016). The jury will be left to decide whether or not they agree with evidence presented by a qualified musicologist.

Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin face trial over 'Stairway To Heaven' copyright infringement claims

The judge presiding over the trial, Gary Klausner, has ruled that evidence from said musicologist Lawrence Ferrara will be presented in court, despite an attempted block against him from Francis Malofiy, the attorney of Michael Skidmore who filed the suit in 2014, for what you might call a conflict of interest.

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Led Zeppelin Told They Can Settle 'Stairway To Heaven' Plagiarism Case For $1 Plus Writing Credit


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As the jury trial concerning plagiarism over Led Zeppelin’s totemic rock song ‘Stairway To Heaven’ approaches, the lawyers suing the legendary rock group have apparently told them they can settle the case for $1 plus a writing credit for their client.

The trial is set for May 10th, and will examine the similarities between Zep’s eight-minute monster ‘Stairway To Heaven’ from 1971, perhaps the most famous rock song of all time, and Spirit’s 1968 song ‘Taurus’, and a judge has this week given rulings about what evidence can and cannot be heard by the jury.

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Led Zeppelin To Face Jury Trial Over 'Stairway To Heaven' Copyright Claim


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Led Zeppelin founders Robert Plant and Jimmy Page will face trial over whether they stole the opening chords for ‘Stairway To Heaven’ from Spirit’s 1967 instrumental, ‘Taurus’. On Friday (April 8th) US district judge Gary Klausner in Los Angeles said there were enough similarities between the two tracks to let a jury decide.

Jimmy pageRobert Plant and Jimmy Page will face a jury trial over their 1971 hit ‘Stairway To Heaven’.

In his ruling Judge Klausner said: "While it is true that a descending chromatic four-chord progression is a common convention that abounds in the music industry, the similarities here transcend this core structure." 

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Bill Clinton Snubbed By Led Zeppelin For Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert


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Neither charity nor former President Bill Clinton could persuade Led Zeppelin to reform for last year’s Hurricane Sandy benefit concert, it’s been revealed by the Robin Hood Foundation’s executive director David Saltzman.

As you’ll all probably recall, Saltzman – with the help of entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein – put together a high profile benefit concert in New York on the December 12, 2012 in aid of those who’d had their homes and lives devastated by the natural disaster. Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen were among the legends to play while all manner of celebs manned the telephone lines during the course of the telethon. However, as Saltzman told CBS, one band refused to get involved.

“There were two bands we were trying to recruit, one was The Rolling Stones and the other was Led Zeppelin,” Saltzman explained to CBS. “Harvey Weinstein had this great idea that he could enlist Bill Clinton to convince Led Zepplin to reunite to perform at the 12/12/12 concert. Harvey and I got on a plane to fly down to Washington to meet Bill Clinton who was going to meet Led Zeppelin, who were being honored at the Kennedy Center.” Continuing he added “Bill Clinton himself asked Led Zeppelin to reunite and they wouldn’t do it.” Thankfully there was one band who would – eventually. “At the airport I literally bumped into Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones and he said ‘you tell Harvey Weinstein to f**k off!’” Saltzman said, before adding “And his publicist came up behind him and said ‘they’re going to do it. He’s just joking.’”

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A Week In News Feat: Prince William, Kate Middleton, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Led Zeppelin, Lady Gaga, Katie Holmes And More!


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Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Buddy Guy, Natalia Makarova And Led Zeppelin Honoured Kennedy Center


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Made a significant contribution to American culture recently? Well unless you're in that headline, you've not done well enough. Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Buddy Guy, Natalia Makarova and Led Zeppelin have, and they've been recognized with a Kennedy centre honour because of it. Here are the winners:

Robert De Niro introduced actor and director Dustin Hoffman as a "world class, spectacular, colossal ... pain in the ass," before the 2000-strong audience were privy to a compilation of some of his best and most loved performances. "He just thinks at a different velocity," actor Liev Schreiber told reporters on the red carpet. "He burns at a brighter intensity," he added, according to Time.  

Natalia Makarova, renowned for her work as the lead in Giselle, became a star dancing with the Kirov Ballet in the 1950s and 1960s. She was awarded for her pure dedication and excellence in her field. Buddy Guy has won six Grammys for his work in rock as well as traditional and contemporary blues, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so it was about time the Kennedy Center gave him a call. 

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Does Anybody Really Care If Led Zeppelin Play More Shows?


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Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day' press conference was a feisty affair from start to finish at the Museum of Modern Art on Wednesday (October 10, 2012). After an Associated Press journalist asked if the new movie would lead to something more substantial (a comeback), the band remained silent, before Plant piped up.

"I mean, we've been thinking about all sorts of things.And then we can't remember what we were thinking of. Schmuck." It set the tone for a fraught press conference, with Plant seeming particularly uncomfortable from thereon in. "There are some people in here who are not journalists.There's a masseuse in here who's not a journalist. I think that's ever so exciting," he added. The clamour for tickets to Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion show at London's O2 arena was so intense that it remained a certainty the group would play further shows; but then they didn't. Now, with promotion of 'Celebration Day' in full flow, the group are under fire from journalists eager to get the scoop on further live shows. Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page have so far refused to dish on any plans, instead choosing to treat probing rock journos with haughty contempt. It all begs the question; does anybody really care if Led Zeppelin play a hugely overpriced show at a huge arena with bad sound? Unless they plan on keeping something under wraps for a big announcement, it's difficult to understand why the band remains so intent on giving everyone a hard time over it.

Plant is now 64-years-old, Page even older; we're guessing their best song-writing is behind them and new live shows would only serve as a nostalgia trip for those who enjoyed Led Zeppelin at their peak. So do us all a favour guys; if you've got something to announce, announce it, if not, tell the fans they're going to have to settle for the DVD.


Reunion Questions Lead To Uncomfortable Led Zeppelin Conference


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With the Led Zeppelin reunion rumours flying around, it was only natural that journalists would push the issue at the press conference for their upcoming gig movie Celebration Day yesterday (October 9, 2012), Rolling Stone reports.

All seemed jovial, pleasant even, and the band cut a relaxed quintet, but then it got weird. "There are some people in here who are not journalists," Robert Plant said early on. "There's a masseuse in here who's not a journalist. I think that's ever so exciting." Uncomfortable laughter ensued, and then a reporter made the mistake of broaching the subject of a reunion after the film. "I mean, we've been thinking about all sorts of things," Plant said. "And then we can't remember what we were thinking of. Schmuck." After a bit of silence, of the awkward variety a radio presenter praised the film, but addressed the reunion, again, saying: "I don't know if it's going to quench the thirst of those who wished to see you in the flesh." More silence, before plant simply stated: "Sorry!"

Finally, Plant elaborated and decided not to speak in short sharp sentences, but sent a strong message to any reporters who had reunion questions scribbled in their moleskins: "We were so happy we were getting it right and taking it beyond what we thought we were about that night," he said of the O2 gig. "There were moments where we took off ... But the responsibility of doing that four nights a week for the rest of time is a different thing. We're pretty good at what we do but the tail should never wag the dog, really. If we're capable of doing something, in our own time, that will be what will happen. So any inane questions from people who are from syndicated outlets, you should just really think about what it takes to answer a question like that in one second. We know what we've got, you know."


Led Zeppelin Reunion Not On The Cards: Jimmy Page Dispels Rumors


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The mooted Led Zeppelin reunion has been all but dismissed by Jimmy Page. The guitarist set the record straight at the film premier of Celebration Day, reports The Independent.

In the slightly awkward press-conference surrounding the press push for their upcoming gig-movie, the band refused to talk reunion, with Robert Plant deflecting any ill-received questions on the matter. But when it came to the film’s premiere, Jimmy Page just couldn’t keep quiet about it, and told reporters exactly where a reunion lay on the band’s priority list. "I think it's disappointing for people when the answer is no," Page said, well and truly quelling rumors. However, like all correspondence surrounding the reports of reunification, this was followed by a statement that will keep the flame running low: “That's what it is now," he said.

Celebration Day covers their 2007 reunion concert at London's 02 Arena. Jason Bonham, the son of the late John Bonham, played the one-time tribute concert to honor Atlantic records founder Ahmet Ertegun. "Once the idea was proposed, 'Would we do the concert?' It had to be Jason," Page said. "I think it's probably frustrating to the public when they see how good it is, and they go, 'why won't you do anymore?' They don't get it," Bonham explained. "But you know what, there's a time, and for me it's when John Bonham was in Led Zeppelin."


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