Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page Pleads Ignorance In ‘Stairway To Heaven’ Plagiarism Lawsuit

first_imgWhile Led Zeppelin has endured a powerful legacy among classic rockers, one sharp criticism of the band is their unfortunate penchant for stealing songs. So much so, in fact, that we wrote an in-depth feature with a track by track analysis to determine the extent of the problem.However, one song gave us pause in the article: “Stairway To Heaven.” Easily the band’s most iconic song, “Stairway” came under fire when the band Spirit accused them of ripping it off from their 1968 original, “Taurus.” Led Zeppelin IV, featuring “Stairway,” was released in 1971.Currently, the plagiarism case is in the courts, and guitarist Jimmy Page recently made something a definitive statement on the matter. As The Hollywood Reporter shares, Page denied ever hearing the “Taurus” song until 2014.“I had not previously seen it in my collection and do not know how or when it got there,” states Page. “It may well have been left by a guest. I doubt it was there for long, since I never noticed it before. But, again, I know I did not hear Taurus until 2014.”The band’s main argument can be read here: “The similarity between ‘Taurus’ and ‘Stairway’ is limited to a descending chromatic scale of pitches resulting from ‘broken’ chords or arpeggios and which is so common in music it is called a minor line cliché… There is no substantial similarity in the works’ structures, which are markedly different. Neither is there any harmonic or melodic similarity beyond the unprotected descending line. Rather, straining to find something, the plaintiff’s expert argues that ‘Stairway’ and recordings of ‘Taurus’ have only five of the six chords in a centuries-old work — part of public domain material is still public domain material — and that both have the unprotected sequence of notes in a minor scale, A, B and C.”Meanwhile, Spirit is arguing that they performed with Led Zeppelin on a number of occasions, thus providing ample time for the band to morph “Taurus” into “Stairway To Heaven.”You can listen to both songs and compare for yourself, below:last_img read more

Dirty Dancing to Play Holiday Engagement in the West End

first_img‘Dirty Dancing’ Don’t put your heel down! The new U.K. production of Dirty Dancing—The Classic Story On Stage will play a season in the West End this Christmas, mambo-ing into the Phoenix Theatre. Starring Lewis Griffiths as Johnny Castle, Katie Hartland as Baby Houseman and Carlie Milner as Penny Johnson, the tuner is scheduled to run December 6 through December 31.Directed by Federico Bellone, choreographed by Gillian Bruce and with design re-imagined by Roberto Comotti, the classic story of Baby and Johnny features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey! Baby,” “Do You Love Me”’ and “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life.”The company also includes Simone Craddock as Marjorie Houseman, Roger Martin as Max Kellerman, Jo Servi as Tito Suarez, Lizzie Ottley as Lisa Houseman, Michael Kent as Billy Kostecki, Greg Fossard as Neil Kellerman, Tony Stansfield as Mr. Schumacher, Daniela Pobega as Elizabeth and Camilla Rowland as Vivian. View Commentslast_img read more

Lady Wildcats Victorious Against Lady Tigers

first_imgThe Lady Wildcats had their last home meet of the season against the Lawrenceburg Tigers. They were able to shoot a team score of 178 and grab another win to bring their dual meet record to 7-2. Junior, Ashlan Hill, was medallist for the night with a score of 42.The JV also had a very successful night with a win over Lawrenceburg. They shot their season low with a 209. All 4 JV players were able to shoot their personal best scores.“This was our last home meet of the season and we just came off a long holiday weekend. Although the break was welcomed I think we came out a little rusty tonight. It was also Senior night! I have one senior, Abby Orschell, to send off this year. I know she was disappointed in how she played tonight but Abby has been and will continue to be a vital part to this teams success in the next couple of weeks. We will continue to work hard at practice this week and definitely go into our Conference tournament with the confidence needed to bring home our 4th straight title.” Wildcats Coach Marisa Mears.Varsity – 178Maggie Brack – 43Abby Orschell – 46Gracie Graf – 47Camryn Brewer – 48Ashlan Hill – 42JV – 209Taylor McCreary – 52 (personal best)Sam Ebrens – 52 (personal best)Erin Hesselbrock – 49 (personal best)Kelsie Brackney – 56 (personal best)last_img read more

Benefit dinner for Kevin Beggs and family will be held Saturday, Aug. 3

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There will be a benefit dinner for Kevin Beggs and family on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus at 201 E. Harvey Ave. Also carry out will be available for those who can not stay for dinner.There will also be a bake sale at the same time coordinated by Jane Cole. You can contact her with baked goods at 326-5500.The dinner will include pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, potato salad, dessert and drink for $7 a plate. Any donation is thankfully accepted.All proceeds will go to the family. An account has been established for Kevin at Panhandle Credit Union titled “The Kevin Beggs Family Benefit Fund.”last_img read more