Led Zeppelin Hit With 'Stairway' Plagiarism Suit
Former tour mate says intro was stolen
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted May 20, 2014 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" is some of the greatest eight minutes in rock history. But one lawyer thinks history should be rewritten. Rolling Stone reports that a reissue of the album Led Zeppelin IV could be delayed because of a plagiarism suit. It was filed by a lawyer who represents Randy California, the late guitarist from the band Spirit, Led Zeppelin's former tour mate. Spirit is claiming the band ripped the intro for "Stairway to Heaven" from its own 1968 song "Taurus." Now California's trust wants to prevent the classic album from being reissued unless the guitarist is given proper credit.