By Robyn Collins
Yesterday, Jimmy Page finished his second day of testimony in the lawsuit over the ownership of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven.” Page and Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant are being sued by Michael Skidmore on behalf of the late Spirit guitarist, Randy “California” Craig Wolfe, who wrote the song “Taurus,” which has an intro similar to that of “Stairway to Heaven,” and was released three years before the Zep classic.
During his testimony, Page was questioned by the plaintiff’s attorney, Francis Malofiy, about his claim that he’d never heard Spirit’s’s 1968 self-titled album, which features “Taurus.”
Page explained that he owns “4,329 LP’s and 5,882 CD’s” and added, “To be honest, I could’ve bought [the Spirit album] or been given it… I have several thousand albums of many different kinds. They include albums I purchased, albums people gave me and albums that were simply left at my home. Also, like a book collector who never gets around to reading books they collect, I have never listened to many of the albums,” reported Rolling Stone.
Page said he only recently heard “Taurus.” “Something appeared on the Internet — there was a buzz going on in the comparison [between ‘Taurus’ and ‘Stairway’] a few years ago,” he said. “My son-in-law brought it up; I don’t do the Internet, so he played it for me. When I heard the orchestral part at the beginning, I knew I’d never heard it before… When it started, I was confused by the comparison… [I thought] ‘What’s this got to do with ‘Stairway’?”
Page and Plant continue to push for a mistrial, arguing that the Randy Craig Wolfe’s estate doesn’t have the right to sue them for anything since the late Randy California didn’t even hold the copyright for the song.