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A guitar line in "Taurus" sounds similar to the opening of "Stairway," and Andes says he believes "Stairway" writer Jimmy Page and other members of Led Zeppelin heard the song when the group opened for Spirit in Denver in December 1968.
It’s no secret Led Zeppelin borrowed from blues and folk music
originally posted by: zazzafrazz
a reply to: skunkape23
I rate JP higher than most rockers, however, they DID perform with the band Taurus in 68 2 years before he said he wrote it. Too many coincidences?
originally posted by: skunkape23
It's an A minor melody with a chromatically descending bass line. It falls symetrically on the fret board. I've just been fiddling around with a guitar and stumbled upon it. There is no case for plagiarism here.
I'll quote Picasso..."good artists copy, great artists steal."
And, by the way, in my opinion, Jimmy Page kicks ass.
In interviews promoting Amused to Death, Waters claimed that Andrew Lloyd Webber had plagiarized the refrain ("riff") from Echoes for sections of the musical The Phantom of the Opera; nevertheless, he decided not to file a lawsuit regarding the matter.
He said: Yeah, the beginning of that bloody Phantom song is from Echoes. *DAAAA-da-da-da-da-da*. I couldn't believe it when I heard it. It's the same time signature—-it's 12/8—-and it's the same structure and it's the same notes and it's the same everything. Bastard. It probably is actionable. It really is! But I think that life's too long to bother with suing Andrew f#### Lloyd Webber.
originally posted by: Eryiedes
He's a pedophile...end of story.
He's talented so we all just forget that part do we?
Led Zeppelin has long had a reputation for taking music and lyrics from lesser known artists. Many times the songs were never credited to the rightful owners. Consequently, royalties lined the pockets of the millionaire British musicians. Further, their American heroes, often poor and black, never saw a dime from songs they had written before their heirs ever picked up an instrument. Led Zeppelin has been taken to court over the matter on numerous occasions. For an indepth study of Led Zeppelin's penchant for stealing others work, music fans must turn to Page's first band, the Yardbirds.