If you were holding out hope that LED ZEPPELIN would lose their "Stairway to Heaven" copyright case . . . and be ordered to pay tens of millions of dollars in damages, so they'd be FORCED to do a reunion tour for money . . . well, that's some creative thinking. But it won't be happening.
Zeppelin won the case. A jury in L.A. unanimously ruled in the band's favor . . . deciding that Jimmy Page and Robert Plant didn't rip-off SPIRIT's "Taurus" for the intro to "Stairway".
The jury said that even if the band would've heard "Taurus" before writing "Stairway", the "original elements" are not "extrinsically similar."
The plaintiff's lawyer wasn't satisfied . . . and said, quote, "They won on a technicality. We proved they had access to the music, but [the jury] never heard the music. So the jury's sitting there with basically blinders on."
The plaintiff had to rely on SHEET MUSIC, because that's the only thing that's registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. They had people come in and play it on guitar and on piano . . . but apparently that didn't impress the jury.
The chord progressions in the studio versions DO sound very similar, but experts have also said that other songs have used those chords dating back CENTURIES.
Apparently Burger King is still running with their plan of "throw insane food ideas out there and see what sticks."
On Monday, different Burger Kings around the country are going to start selling "Mac n' Cheetos." Basically, they took giant Cheetos, stuffed them with macaroni and cheese, then deep fried them. You'll get five of them for $2.49.
They say Mac n' Cheetos are for, quote, "anyone who wished they could eat warm mac n' cheese like they do a bag of chips." Did anyone really wish for that?
There might not be ANYTHING that sounds more American than this. Ben & Jerry's and the New Belgium brewery are teaming up to make a brand new Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Beer. And the hoooooome . . . of the . . . brraaaaaaave.
It's coming out this fall in a limited run. Unfortunately we don't have any more details yet . . . or any guarantee that chocolate chip cookie dough will be a good beer. But how can you NOT want to try it?
Steven Tyler teased it a few weeks back that there would be a farewell Aerosmith tour in 2017, than the rest of the band said that it wasn't true. Now Steven Tyler is back to confirm that yes there will indeed be a final curtain call for the band next year. At least that's the story at the moment ha, read more about it HERE
LED ZEPPELIN is in court right now fighting a plagiarism charge over "Stairway to Heaven". Members of the band SPIRIT say its opening cords rip off their song "Taurus".
ROBERT PLANT took the witness stand yesterday and explained how the song was written. It happened more than 45 years ago, when the band was rehearsing and recording at a country estate called Headley Grange.
He was sitting around a fire with JIMMY PAGE, when Jimmy played him what would become the opening to "Stairway". It turned out Plant already had the beginnings of some lyrics that would go with it.
He even recited them in court: "There's a lady who knows all that glitters is gold and she's buying a stairway to heaven / When she gets there she knows if the stores are all closed, with a word she can get what she came for."
From there the song, started, quote, "rolling pretty fast."
One of the issues in the trial is whether Plant saw Spirit perform one night at a club in Birmingham in 1970. . . and hung out with the band after the show. That's what they claim. But that's where Plant's memory gets hazy.
He said, quote, "I don't have a recollection of almost anyone I've hung out with."
A group of guys came across a newborn fawn lying in the middle of a road. They assumed it had been hit by a car, but then the fawn started moving. They acted quickly and decided to move the fawn out of the road. Watch the video to see what happened next!