Federal Appeals Court Orders New Trial In Copyright Case Over Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven”

According to Variety, a federal appeals court has decided to overturn the jury’s decision in the copyright infringement case involving Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven.” The case was originally brought forward due to the similarities between the track and Spirit’s “Taurus.”

Michael Skidmore, the trustee of “Taurus” songwriter Randy “California” Wolfe’s estate, brought forward the claims more than four decades after “Stairway To Heaven” was released. When the case was taken to court, a Los Angeles jury ended up voting in favor of Led Zeppelin, after listening to both songs.

Skidmore then filed for appeal, which led to a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordering a new trial. Their decision was made based on the judge in the previous trial, U.S. District Court Judge Gary Klausner , giving “instructions that failed to make clear that an arrangement of otherwise unprotectable elements in a song can be sufficiently original to merit copyright protection.”

Circuit Judge Richard A. Paez also said Klausner was wrong for not letting Skidmore’s attorney play “Taurus” while Jimmy Page was testifying.

Paez commented:

“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.”

“Given the probative value of the information and the relatively low risk of unfair prejudice, we conclude that the district court abused its discretion in excluding the evidence.”

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Led Zeppelin Begin 50th Anniversary Celebration With Three New Digital Releases

Led Zeppelin have officially kicked off their 50th anniversary celebration. with three new digital releases including: “Led Zeppelin X Led Zeppelin”, “An Introduction To Led Zeppelin”, and a digital version of the band’s recent Record Store Day release. Those are now available on all digital download and streaming platforms.

“Led Zeppelin X Led Zeppelin” features 30 songs spanning all eight of the band’s eight studio albums, along with the “Sunset Sound Mix” of “Rock And Roll”, which was originally released as a 7 inch on Record Store Day.

Track Listing:

01. “Immigrant Song”
02. “Rock And Roll” (Sunset Sound Mix)
03. “Whole Lotta Love”
04. “Black Dog”
05. “Stairway To Heaven”
06. “Good Times Bad Times”
07. “Going To California”
08. “Ramble On”
09. “Kashmir”
10. “Over The Hills And Far Away”
11. “Hey Hey What Can I Do”
12. “D’Yer Maker”
13. “When The Levee Breaks”
14. “All My Love”
15. “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”
16. “Heartbreaker”
17. “Dazed And Confused”
18. “The Song Remains The Same”
19. “Fool In The Rain”
20. “The Ocean”
21. “What Is And What Should Never Be”
22. “Houses Of The Holy”
23. “Since I’ve Been Loving You”
24. “Misty Mountain Hop”
25. “Communication Breakdown”
26. “Thank You”
27. “No Quarter”
28. “Trampled Under Foot”
29. “I Can’t Quit You Babe”
30. “In The Evening”

“An Introduction To Led Zeppelin” contains 10 tracks and as the title suggests it essentially offers people an introduction to the band.

Track Listing:

01. “Immigrant Song”
02. “Rock and Roll (Sunset Sound Mix)”
03. “Whole Lotta Love”
04. “Black Dog”
05. “Stairway To Heaven”
06. “Good Times Bad Times”
07. “Going To California”
08. “Ramble On”
09. “Kashmir”
10. “Over the Hills And Far Away”

The digital version of the band’s Record Store Day release comes with the “Olympic Studios Mix” of “Friends” and the “Sunset Sound Mix” of “Rock And Roll”.

Report: Led Zeppelin Planning To Stream Archival Concerts

According to LedZepNews, Led Zeppelin have filed a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the phrase “The Led Zeppelin Experience.” The moniker is expected to be used for a new streaming service featuring archival concerts. It was specifically filed for live recordings with the purpose of “providing non-downloadable prerecorded music online via a global computer network.” The report goes on to say the band have trademarked “Led Zeppelin Experience” in Europe as well and that it will also cover “outerwear, hats, footwear and other clothing items.” This news comes after Jason Bonham changed the name of his tribute band from Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience to Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.

AXS TV To Celebrate Led Zeppelin’s 50th Anniversary With Classic Concerts, Interviews. Etc.

AXS TV will be celebrating Led Zeppelin’s 50th anniversary this September with a number of classic concerts, interviews, and documentaries every Tuesday at 10 p.m ET / 7:00 p.m. PT. The month will conclude with a “Saturday Stack” block on September 29 starting at 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT.

Here’s the full schedule:

“Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary Celebration”:

September 4 – “It Might Get Loud” (2008)
September 11 – “The Song Remains The Same” (1976)
September 18 – “It Might Get Loud” (2008)
September 25 – “The Big Interview with Dan Rather: Robert Plant” (2018)

“Saturday Stack: Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary” – September 29:

1:00 p.m. ET – “Robert Plant And The Strange Sensation” (2006)
2:00 p.m. ET – “The Big Interview With Dan Rather: Robert Plant” (2018)
3:00 p.m. ET – “It Might Get Loud” (2008)
5:00 p.m. ET – “Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters – Live at David Lynch’s Festival Of Disruption” (2016)
6:00 p.m. ET – “The Song Remains The Same” (1976)
8:30 p.m. ET – “It Might Get Loud” (2008)
10:30 p.m. ET – “The Song Remains The Same” (1976)

Led Zeppelin Announce “The Song Remains The Same” Reissue

Led Zeppelin will be releasing a remastered reissue of the soundtrack to their concert film “The Song Remains The Same” on September 7, the same day the band played their first show in 1968 under the name the New Yardbirds. Jimmy Page supervised the remastering of the effort, which includes recordings from their July 27-29 1973 shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Blabbermouth shared the following info regarding the various formats:

“The Song Remains The Same” will be released in multiple formats from Atlantic/Swan Song, including the full album’s debut in hi-res 5.1 surround sound on Blu-ray. The Super Deluxe Boxed Set will be the most exquisite and elaborate release in the reissue series, recreating the intricate embossing of the set’s original issue and will also mark the first time the full-length film and soundtrack have been available in the same package. On the four-LP set, Page made a change to the track sequence, allowing the epic, 29-minute version of “Dazed And Confused” to be featuring in its entirety on one side of vinyl for the first time.

* CD – Remastered audio on two CDs, plus 24-page booklet.
* Vinyl – Remastered audio on four 180-gram vinyl LPs, plus 28-page booklet
* Blu-ray – 96kHz/24 bit 5.1 (DTS-HD Master Audio Surround) and stereo mixes (PCM Stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo). Video performances of four songs not in the original film: “Celebration Day”, “Over The Hills And Far Away”, “Misty Mountain Hop” and “The Ocean”. (All with 5.1 audio)

* Streaming & Digital Download – Remastered audio.
* Super Deluxe Boxed Set.

– Remastered audio on two CDs and four 180-gram vinyl LPs.
– Two-DVD set of the “The Song Remains The Same” featuring the full theatrical version of the film plus bonus content including four performance outtakes that were not part of the original film: “Celebration Day”, “Over The Hills And Far Away”, “Misty Mountain Hop” and “The Ocean”.
– DVD of the entire album in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo, plus photo gallery.
– High-def download card of all stereo audio content at 96kHz/24 bit.
– A 28-page book featuring band photos and stills from the film and an essay by Cameron Crowe.
– A replica of the Japanese program from 1977, previously available only when the film first toured cinemas in that country.
– High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

“The Song Remains The Same” Soundtrack:

CD & Digital Track Listing:

01. Rock And Roll
02. Celebration Day
03. Black Dog
04. Over The Hills And Far Away
05. Misty Mountain Hop
06. Since I’ve Been Loving You
07. No Quarter
08. The Song Remains The Same
09. The Rain Song
10. The Ocean
11. Dazed And Confused
12. Stairway To Heaven
13. Moby Dick
14. Heartbreaker
15. Whole Lotta Love

LP Track Listing:

LP One:

01. Rock And Roll
02. Celebration Day
03. Black Dog
04. Over The Hills And Far Away
05. Misty Mountain Hop
06. Since I’ve Been Loving You
07. The Ocean

LP Two:

01. The Song Remains The Same
02. The Rain Song
03. No Quarter

LP Three:

01. Dazed And Confused
02. Moby Dick

LP Four:

01. Stairway To Heaven
02. Heartbreaker
03. Whole Lotta Love

Led Zeppelin Post Trailer For “Record Store Day” Limited Edition 7-Inch Single

Led Zeppelin have posted a new trailer for their “Record Store Day” (April 21) limited edition 7″ single. That release, which will be pressed on yellow vinyl, was produced by Jimmy Page, and it will come with a mix of “Rock and Roll” from the “Sunset Sound Mixes” for “Led Zeppelin IV”, and the “Olympic Sound Mix” of “Friends,” which removes the orchestration for “a true fly-on-the-wall feel from the band’s recording sessions for Led Zeppelin III at Headley Grange.”

Rufus Stone Publications To Release Special 50th Anniversary Edition Of “Led Zeppelin – Five Glorious Nights” Photo Book

Rufus Stone Publications will be releasing a special 50th anniversary edition of “Led Zeppelin – Five Glorious Nights.” You can pre-order that HERE.

Here’s an official description:

Originally released in 2015 Five Glorious Nights – Led Zeppelin at Earls Court May 1975 captures the visual magnificence of the band though the photographic images of some of the finest rock photographers of the era – who were right there on the spot to capture rock history.

Drawing from the archives of a variety of photographers including the legendary Barry Plummer, Dick Barnatt, Ian Dickson, Michael Putland, Mick Gold, Gus Stewart and more – the book chronicles the sheer visual splendour of these historic concerts though an extensive collection of colour and black and white photos – many of them rarely seen. The photos are complimented by rare memorabilia and a written commentary that puts into perspective exactly why these concerts were some of the finest Led Zeppelin ever performed.

The book is compiled and written by Dave Lewis – the highly respected Led Zeppelin archivist and author and editor of the long running Led Zeppelin magazine Tight But Loose. Dave was in attendance at all five of the Earls Court concerts.

This special, limited Edition of the book is available in a run of just 50 copies, celebrating the bands gold anniversary. The book is a 300mm square, 288 page hardback book with leather quarterbind and foiled, embossed cover. Each book is signed by the author Dave Lewis and lead photographers Barry Plummer and Dick Barnatt and numbered 1 – 50. The book comes with a folder featuring a 3D lenticular cover housing 4 prints selected by Barry Plummer and Dick Barnatt. The whole package comes in a gold metal slipcase with laser cut logo and a unique Five Nights t-shirt (small, large or extra-large).

Five Glorious Nights – Led Zeppelin at Earls Court May 1975 has been acclaimed by fans and critics with Chris Charlesworth remarking “It is a fine tribute to a legendary group, conceived and assembled with loving care and attention to detail by Lewis, now their foremost archivist. Bearing in mind the prices of these upper end editions, it’s a bit of a bargain, at least compared to Genesis editions. The photo budget must have been colossal as there are over 250 included here.”