Led Zeppelin's Page dodges court questions, riffs air guitar

"I may have said the chord sequences are very similar - because that chord sequence has been around for ever".

Kevin Hanson, a guitar instructor and former member of Huffamoose, played passages from both songs on acoustic guitar and says they are virtually identical.

An economist has testified that "Stairway to Heaven" and other Led Zeppelin songs have produced almost $60 million in revenue over the past five years. When I heard the orchestral part at the beginning, I knew I'd never heard it before...

Jones also said that he himself had never heard of Spirit until the current lawsuit that was brought in 2014 by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for Randy Wolfe, the late guitarist of Spirit and composer of "Taurus".

He told the jury the only similarity between the two songs was a "common" descending sequence of notes.

In an often awkward exchange with lawyer Francis Malofiy, the attorney representing the estate of songwriter Randy Wolfe, the rocker defended comments he made suggesting the guitar riff from his classic tune was more similar to Mary Poppins song Chim Chim Cheree than Wolfe's Taurus.

While the minor hit for Spirit found its way into the band's early set list, Page said he was unaware of an instrumental from the same album that he is now accused of lifting for the intro to Led Zeppelin's 1971 hit, "Stairway to Heaven".

In the Los Angeles federal court trial, a trust for the late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe is seeking a songwriting credit for him and potentially millions of dollars in royalties.

The 72-year-old guitarist and band mate Robert Plant, 67, are being tried at a civil court in Los Angeles over accusations they poached the rock epic's opening bars from "Taurus", by long-defunct rock band Spirit.

"Not one of them came close", Mr Stewart said, though he acknowledged on cross-examination that the notes in both songs did not all line up in the same places.

Ferrara said that musical element was used 300 years ago, as well as in many pop songs since then.

Malofiy tried unsuccessfully to introduce evidence of a USA $60 million deal Led Zeppelin signed for the rights to its catalog, but the judge wouldn't allow it because it was from 2008 and extends beyond the statute of limitations. The gallery erupted with laughter at the understatement.

Led Zeppelin are now in court having been accused of plagiarising the famous opening of "Stairway To Heaven" from a song called "Taurus" by Spirit, who released their song two years previously.

One of the biggest challenges for the plaintiffs is showing that Stairway is substantially similar to the sheet music for Taurus because that is what is filed at the US Copyright Office. Videos played in court of other musicians playing the sheet music differ significantly from the recorded version of "Taurus".

Giving evidence on the fourth day of the trial, Jones said he joined Led Zeppelin after his wife read that Page was forming a band.

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