Robert Plant says Led Zeppelin ‘Stairway To Heaven’ lawsuit was “unpleasant” and “unfortunate”

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Band legally challenged three times over classic track

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Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has admitted that the legal challenge on his classic track ‘Stairway to Heaven’ was “unpleasant” and “unfortunate”.

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Michael Skidmore, a trustee of the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California, first filed a lawsuit against the British band in 2014 over the track.

He claimed that his 1971 hit had infringed the copyright of Spirit’s 1968 song ‘Taurus’.


Led Zeppelin eventually won three legal attempts on the case, with the most recent (in October 2020) resulting in the US Supreme Court refusing to hear the case.

The decision of the US Supreme Court upheld the March decision by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. It was the last option for legal appeals in the US court system in its current form.

Plant has now spoken to Clive Anderson about the legal wrangling in an interview bbc radio 4, When asked about the matter, Plant said: “What can you do? I just had to sit there, I was instructed to sit directly in front of the jury, don’t look at them, but don’t look at anyone, just sit there for eight hours. As musical as I am, I cannot comment on anything musical. I just sing.”

He continued: “There are millions and billions of songs that were progressing the same chord, so it was very unfortunate, and it was unpleasant for everyone.”

Meanwhile, Led Zeppelin officially joined TikTok last month, with the band’s complete discography made available for users to soundtrack their posts. The new account promises Led Zeppelin-themed artwork, graphics, collection live performances and more.


The band joins the likes of The Beatles and ABBA in signing up for TikTok in 2021, with the former adding 36 of their biggest hits on stage including ‘Hey Jude,’ ‘Love Me Do,’ ‘The Long and Winding Road’ Huh. “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Something,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Day Tripper” and “Paperback Writer.”

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