Jimmy Page rewrites Led Zeppelin history at ‘Stairway to Heaven’ trial
LOS ANGELES — Jimmy Page said nothing in federal court that would seem to support the theory that he stole the opening to “Stairway to Heaven.” But he did say something on the witness stand Thursday that severely undermines a seminal point of Led Zeppelin lore.
Page testified for a second day in the federal copyright infringement case over whether the guitar introduction to the 1971 hit song was lifted from the American band Spirit’s obscure instrumental “Taurus,” which had been recorded a few years before.
Page — in a black three-piece suit and tie, his snowy white hair tied back in a ponytail — remained calm and gracious under cross-examination, occasionally popping on a pair of reading glasses to look at sheet music or legal documents presented by the plaintiffs’ attorney. Read more…
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