Led Zeppelin cleared of copyright infringement charge

Phew! We almost had a nervous moment there!

Can you imagine a world where the story of Led Zeppelin‘s finest piece of work was rewritten? 

A band called Spirit suggested that Zep’s intro for “Stairway To Heaven” was actually ripped off a piece of work of theirs called “Taurus” from 1968. In fact, they were so sure that this was the case, they took Robert Plant and Jimmy Page to court

Today, however, a jury decided the intros to the songs sound nothing alike. Therefore clearing Led Zeppelin of the charge

I have the admit, the intros sound similar but there are obvious differences too. Listen to both yourself below.

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page released a joint statement, after their charge was cleared. 

“We are grateful for the jury’s conscientious service and pleased that it has ruled in our favor, putting to rest questions about the origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and confirming what we have known for 45 years,” they said. “We appreciate our fans’ support, and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us.”

The lawsuit was originally filed in 2014. I have to wonder – why did Spirit wait until 40 years later to call this out anyway? 


Review: Scorpion Child – Acid Roulette

If you’re looking for a fusion of Rush (seriously, singer Aryn Jonathan Black sounds a little like Geddy Lee! He soars on vocals.) meets, Led Zeppelin, meets Aerosmith. You found it in the second release from Scorpion Child!

Since 2006, these Texans (“The Child” – for those who don’t know) have put out solid hard rock, and Acid Roulette is no exception to their (proven successful – at least, to my ears) formula. This is a party record (“She Sings, I Kill” and “My Woman In Black” especially), but it’s also a musicians’ record.

You can tell right away that Jon “The Charn” Rice and Alec Caballero Padron (drums and bass, respectively) work well together to create a solid, train-chugging-along rhythm section.

If you’re looking for slower jams, check out “Survives” and the title-track “Acid Roulette” – both are a little more psychedelic. Don’t forget to find a dark room and light some candles to “Séance” either! Yep, it’s what you think it is… cool, creepy vibes from that one.

You just don’t find these kind of vibes in rock that often anymore. It’s a breath of smoke-filled fresh air with a nod to the 70’s! It’s definitely worth a listen. Check out more details on the band and their sound here, and get Acid Roulette anywhere music is sold today!