No, my dear child of the night. It’s not this time that Led Zeppelin will see the wind blows – sorry, it’s stronger than me. A source told Variety magazine that Michael Skidmore, the trustee of the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust who sued Led Zeppelin back in 2014, had filed an appeal after the original ruling.
Circuit Judge Richard A. Paez wrote:
Without a selection and arrangement instruction, the jury instructions severely undermined Skidmore’s argument for extrinsic similarity, which is exactly what the jury found lacking.
The alleged source also wrote:
“Paez also faulted Klausner for refusing to allow Skidmore’s attorney to play ‘Taurus’ while Jimmy Page was testifying. The attorney was seeking to show that Page had access to ‘Taurus’ when ‘Stairway to Heaven’ was composed, but Klausner ruled that playing the song with the jury present could be confusing.”
Well, my dear child of the night, I am still looking for the resemblances between ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and ‘Taurus,’ if you know what I mean.
You check them out by yourself. Listen to “Spirit” here: