A US jury retired Wednesday to determine whether or not Led Zeppelin poached the iconic opening guitar riff in Stairway To Heaven from an obscure Los Angeles rock band.
Zeppelin songwriting duo Robert Plant and Jimmy Page have denied plagiarizing the introduction to the 1971 song from Taurus, an instrumental track by the long-defunct 1960s group Spirit.
The case was brought in federal court in Los Angeles by Michael Skidmore, the trustee and friend of Spirit guitarist Randy California, who drowned in 1997 having never taken legal action over the song.
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant has testified that a serious car crash left him with no memory of watching Spirit perform.
Plant, 67, said he could not remember watching Spirit at Birmingham’s Mothers club in 1970 after he was involved in a serious car crash with his wife that night.
‘I can’t recall Spirit or anybody else playing there with the passing of time,’ he said.’I don’t have a recollection of mostly anyone I’ve met,’ Plant added, prompting laughter in the courtroom.