As previously reported here and here, Led Zeppelin have been under fire and were accused of stealing the opening notes of their most famous song, "Stairway To Heaven," from the band Spirit. But now they have won the lawsuit. A Los Angeles jury has decided the band did not steal the opening to its classic anthem "Stairway To Heaven" from the album Led Zeppelin IV.
Two years ago, Led Zeppelin faced a copyright infringement claim by a lawyer for the defunct 1960s group Spirit arguing that the opening notes of their iconic song "Stairway To Heaven" sound a lot like "Taurus", an instrumental piece by the late Spirit guitarist Randy California, released on his band's debut album in 1968. Well, now the lawyers suing Led Zeppelin over claims that the opening to "Stairway To Heaven" was stolen say their client is willing to settle for the sum of $1 but there's a catch.
Led Zeppelin has hired Helene Freeman, an entertainment lawyer who litigated a series of victories for Justin Timberlake's former boy band 'N Sync, to defend Led Zeppelin against a copyright infringement claim by a lawyer for the defunct 1960s group Spirit. The trust of the late Spirit guitarist Randy California filed a complaint on May 31st in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania arguing that the opening notes of Led Zeppelin iconic song "Stairway To Heaven" sound a lot like "Taurus", an instrumental piece by the late Spirit guitarist Randy California, released on his band's debut album in 1968. Lawyers for Led Zeppelin and the band's record company, Warner Music, have until September 22nd to respond to the suit.
For her 30 years stage jubilee, Doro will celebrate with fans and two separate yet unique shows on May 2nd: the Classic Night with Orchestra, and May 3rd: Rock Night - both with many guests, at CCD Stadthalle of her hometown of Düsseldorf. Just in time for the celebration, there will be an anniversary record of the rock queen. The Raise Your Fist - 30 Years Anniversary Edition contains the re-release of the Raise Your Fist record, as well as a bonus CD highlight entitled Powerful Passionate Favorites. There you will find new and unreleased tracks, but also Doro cover versions of her favorite artists, such as Led Zeppelin, Tina Turner, Metallica, Kiss and Dio. You can hear Doro's cover of the Led Zeppelin classic ''Babe I'm Gonna Leave You'' below.
After releasing Celebration Day in 2012, legends Led Zeppelin have now announced an extensive re-issue campaign of their albums. With the June 3rd release of deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III, the band launches a reissue program of all nine of its studio albums in chronological order, each remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin will also open its vaults to share dozens of unheard studio and live recordings, with each album featuring a second disc of companion audio, entirely formed from unreleased music related to that album.
Legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has confirmed that the upcoming Led Zeppelin album remasters will be released next year and include previously unreleased material. Page attended the Classic Rock Awards to pick up the "Film Of The Year" award for Celebration Day and shared the news.
Rock photographer Neal Preston will publish a digital book documenting his life on the road with Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin: Sound And Fury goes on sale today, April 15th, and includes over 100 photos and 80 contact sheets which have never been seen before, plus other pictures, audio commentary, video and text interviews with others who worked with the band. You can watch behind-the-scenes sneak peeks at the book which are available below.
That's right folks, it has been officially confirmed. Led Zeppelin are giving their fans a whole lotta love. The band announced that their 2007 reunion concert at London's O2 arena will be released in "multiple configurations" as Celebration Day on November 19th, 2012. Prior to that, the film will screen at movie theaters across the globe on October 17th. See the cinema listings here.
On September 8th, rock legends Led Zeppelin simply posted the word 'five' to their Facebook page. Five being important as to suggest the album Led Zeppelin - V might be released. This was the first post the band has made in almost six months and it could be a sign of things to come, or an elaborate rouse.
Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones has spoken to BBC Radio about Led Zeppelin's future plans and it would seem that a new album is in the works as well as a new tour.
"It would seem as", though original frontman Robert Plant is not going to be part of the band's future plans. But bassist John Paul Jones has confirmed rumours that Led Zeppelin have been having regular rehearsals and are planning something big for the near future.
After confirming that "a couple" of singers have tried out for the band, JPJ went on to say: "We want to do it. It's sounding great and we want to get on and get out there."
On the subject of a new vocalist for the band, Jones said: "It's got to be right. There's no point in just finding another Robert. You could get that out of a tribute band, but we don't want to be our own tribute band. There would be a record and a tour, but everyone has to be on board."
Classic Rock has just announced after much speculation that Led Zeppelin will reunite for a one-off special show at the O2 Arena in London on Monday, November 26.
The message on the Classic Rock website procedes:
"Tickets cost £125 each and will be available 'by ballot'. More details as we have it.
The bill also includes Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings, Foreigner and Paolo Nutini.
Founding members Jimmy Page (guitar), Robert Plant (vocals) and John Paul Jones (bass) will be joined by Jason Bonham, son of the late John Bonham, on drums.
The one-off performance has just been announced via a handout given to attendees at a press conference in the Vue cinema at the O2 complex. It's a memorial gig in honour of Ahmet Ertegun, the co-founder and longstanding chairman of Atlantic Records.
On November 13th, a new two cd 24-track "best of" entitled "Mothership" will be released, with songs selected by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones. The long awaited remastered edition of "The Song Remains the Same" follows and features bonus material.
"We have revisited "The Song Remains The Same", says Jimmy Page, "and can now offer the complete set as played at Madison Square Garden. This differs substantially from the original soundtrack released in 1976, and highlights the technical prowess of Kevin Shirley, who worked with us on "How The West Was Won". When it comes to "The Song Remains The Same", the expansion of the DVD and soundtrack are as good as it gets on the Led Zeppelin wish list."
Reuters is reporting that LED ZEPPELIN got a "whole lotta" belated love from the music industry on Saturday, earning a lifetime achievement Grammy in recognition of a career that changed the face of rock 'n' roll.
The English band was one of 10 performers, alongside the likes of rockabilly hellraiser JERRY LEE LEWIS, blues belter JANIS JOPLIN and country crooner EDDY ARNOLD, celebrated at a luncheon one day before the Grammy Awards.
During their 12 years together, LED ZEPPELIN never won a Grammy, even though they were arguably the biggest band of the 1970s, a combo whose blues-based rock anthems resonate loudly to this day.
LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones showed up with the two children of late drummer John Bonham to receive crystal trophies. Singer Robert Plant, busy rehearsing for a tour, sent in a video message.