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Jury: Led Zeppelin Didn't Steal 'Stairway to Heaven' Riff

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are 'grateful' for the decision

(Newser) - Led Zeppelin was found innocent of stealing the opening riff to "Stairway to Heaven"—frankly one of the least scandalous things the band has ever been accused of—Thursday in Los Angeles, the Guardian reports. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were sued by the estate of Randy Wolfe,... More »

Page, Plant in Court for 'Stairway' Trial

Rock legends accused of ripping off most famous song

(Newser) - The battle over "Stairway to Heaven" has begun: The Led Zeppelin ballad was played in a Los Angeles federal court Tuesday as the copyright trial kicked off, with lawyers claiming the band stole the start of their 1971 song from the earlier song "Taurus" by '60s psych-rock... More »

Judge: It's Possible Part of 'Stairway to Heaven' Is Stolen

A May trial will decide whether Led Zeppelin copied notes from Spirit

(Newser) - A trial is needed to determine if Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" copies its opening notes from a song performed by the rock band Spirit, a federal judge has ruled. US District Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled Friday that lawyers for the trustee of late Spirit guitarist Randy... More »

Did Plant Turn Down $795M to Reunite Led Zeppelin?

That's what tabloid sources say, but his rep denies it

(Newser) - We all know Robert Plant is pretty determined not to get the band back together—but is he so determined that he turned down a $795 million offer to reunite Led Zeppelin? That's what "industry sources" told the Mirror , though Plant's rep quickly shot down the story.... More »

Jimmy Page: Don't Hold Breath on Zeppelin Reunion

But he may play Zeppelin tunes with new band

(Newser) - If "attend Led Zeppelin reunion concert" is on your bucket list, you may want to think of an alternate entry. At a London Q&A yesterday after a launch of Zeppelin reissues, Jimmy Page said of a reunion, "I don't think it looks as though that's... More »

Led Zeppelin Hit With 'Stairway' Plagiarism Suit

Former tour mate says intro was stolen

(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... More »

Led Zeppelin Drops 2 Unheard Tracks

Early version of 'Whole Lotta Love' shows song's progression

(Newser) - Led Zeppelin is reissuing its first three albums in June, but ahead of that comes a little more love for fans. Actually, it's a "Whole Lotta Love" and "Keys to the Highway"—previously unreleased versions that Jimmy Page culled from the band's vault in a... More »

Bill Clinton Tried to Broker Led Zeppelin Reunion

Couldn't get the band back together for benefit concert

(Newser) - Bill Clinton may have both Southern charm and years of high-level diplomatic experience on his side, but even he could not convince Led Zeppelin to reunite. He asked the band to get back together and perform at last year's Superstorm Sandy benefit concert in New York, and was roundly... More »

Obama Honors Led Zeppelin, Letterman, Hoffman

Don't trash the White House, he warns rock legends

(Newser) - Led Zeppelin, David Letterman, and guitarist Buddy Guy were among an eclectic group of performers awarded Kennedy Center Honors last night. At a White House receptions before the awards gala, President Obama joked that the group had "no business being on the same stage together," the Los Angeles ... More »

Hey, Mom: You May as Well Listen to Led Zeppelin

(Newser) - It seems listening to Mozart just doesn't do what many hopeful mothers thought it would: Make their babies more intelligent. University of Vienna researchers now present quite definite results on the so-called "Mozart effect" in the US journal Intelligence. Their findings suggest no evidence for specific cognitive enhancements from... More »

Someone Already Took Your Awesome Band Name

Chances are other band has a MySpace page, and that means trademark

(Newser) - You’d think Led Zeppelin great John Paul Jones wouldn’t have trouble finding a name for his new band, but the small world of Internet has allowed even tiny groups to jealously guard their appellations. It seems like every name is taken. “Think of a great band name... More »

Town Cranks Stones, Zeppelin to Fight Crickets

Up to mile-long swarms invade village regularly

(Newser) - A tiny Nevada town faces a yearly menace next month in the form of legions of crickets that can be a mile long and two miles across. Among the more unusual tools in their arsenal: rock music. Residents of Tuscarora swear it works, or at least helps, and are getting... More »

Plant Rules Out Led Zep Reunion

Frontman explains why he won't do reunion tour

(Newser) - Led Zeppelin isn't Led Zeppelin without the late John Bonham, Robert Plant says, and a reunion tour will only disappoint. Plant, who took part in a single concert in 2007 with Jason Bonham filling in for his dad, elaborated in an interview with Absolute Radio, NME reports: "The comparisons... More »

Obamas Inherit Sweet Record Stash

White House album collection contains landmarks from Zeppelin, Stones, Beatles

(Newser) - President Obama’s new digs not only grant him access to chefs and a bowling alley, but an LP stash that includes Led Zeppelin IV and the Ramones’ Rocket to Russia, Rolling Stone reports. Banished to the basement during the Reagan years, the White House vinyl vault contains Obama favorites... More »

5 Best Songs You Didn't Hear in 2008

Esquire picks this year's best under-the-radar songs

(Newser) - Test your indie chops, courtesy of Esquire, which rounds up the five best tunes you probably didn’t hear this year:
  • “Jingle Bells,” Julian Koster: There's not a single bell in this holiday classic, just a harrowing singing saw.
  • “One Last Round,” Ron Sexsmith: Sharp commentary
... More »

Pop Culture Casualties of 2008

A look back at the year's cultural departures

(Newser) - A Led Zeppelin world tour? Sorry, that was a whole lotta hype. Madonna and Guy Ritchie's love story? Ditto. As the curtain comes down on 2008, the Los Angeles Times bids farewell to this year’s departed cultural phenomena.
  • Joaquin Phoenix’s movie career: He walked the line as Johnny
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Led Zeppelin Replacing Plant

Band trying out new frontman for new tour, album

(Newser) - Legendary rock band Led Zeppelin is auditioning for a replacement for frontman Robert Plant, who won't be joining a reunion tour. Bass player John Paul Jones confirmed the band is planning a tour and a new album—both without Plant. There has been speculation about a Led Zeppelin reunion tour... More »

Plant: No Zep Reunion Tour for Me

Singer 'keen to get on' with own projects

(Newser) - Robert Plant denies he ever planned to join a Led Zeppelin reunion tour, saying "it's been both frustrating and ridiculous" to hear such rumors, Billboard reports. Plant says he won't be touring with anyone for at least two years, but wishes guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones, and... More »

Plant Caves; Led Zep Will Tour

(Newser) - Rock legend Robert Plant has finally agreed to participate in a Led Zeppelin reunion tour with guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones, and late drummer John Bonham's son Jason, the Sun reports. His bandmates had been rehearsing with stand-in singers. More »

It Might Get Loud Hits Guitar Hero Trifecta

Jimmy Page, U2's Edge and Jack White get their axe grind on in new documentary

(Newser) - There's no Behind the Music-style debauchery to be found in It Might Get Loud, Rolling Stone reports. Rather, the documentary more resembles “having three carpenters talk about a radial-arm saw,” quips Jack White, who along with the Edge (of U2) and Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), form the heart... More »

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