by Alisha Jackson
Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones are reuniting publicly for the first time in four years today, however, the circumstances behind their pow wow are unfortunate. Instead of getting back together for an interview, an award, or our preferred reason — a reunion concert, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin are meeting up in Los Angeles today for Spirit’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ trial against them.
If you haven’t been following the painstakingly long infringement case, the estate of the late guitarist of Spirit, Randy California, is suing Led Zeppelin for similarities between the band’s song “Taurus” and Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” You can compare the songs below:
Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”:
Over the weekend, Michael Skidmore, who manages Randy Wolfe (California)’s trust, filed a motion to exclude Led Zeppelin’s musicologist Lawrence Ferrera from testifying. According to Billboard, Skidmore claims that Ferrera had previously been hired by the plaintiff’s publisher to evaluate the similarities between “Taurus” and “Stairway to Heaven” before. The judge ruled the motion to be stricken.
Plant, Page, and Jones aren’t legally required to attend the trial, but reports are saying that the musicians will attend today (June 14th).