Robert Plant's Stairway To Heaven Trial Testimony Released

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(Classic Rock) A transcript of Robert Plant's evidence given at the recent Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven plagiarism trial has been published online. Vocalist Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page gave evidence at the trial in a California court in June, after which they were cleared of having copied the opening sequence of Stairway To Heaven from Spirit track Taurus, released three years before the iconic Led Zep song.

Now the full transcript of Plant's testimony has been published by Rolling Stone and follows the earlier publication of Page's evidence. In his testimony, Plant says he doesn't remember ever hearing the track Taurus. He says: "I didn't remember it then, and I don't remember it now."

Plant says he heard earlier Spirit track Fresh Garbage on a compilation album that he bought in 1968. And asked whether he had ever seen Spirit perform live at Birmingham's Mothers Club where Led Zep were known to hang out, Plant says: "No, I can't recall, actually, Spirit or anybody playing there, with the passing of time.

"I know that they did play there, and I do know that night my wife and I were involved in a big car wreck, and she had a fractured skull, and I had the front part of the windshield sort of buried in the top of my head, which is interesting, and I was hospitalised. We both were. And I don't remember a thing, no." Read more including the full transcript here.

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