One prospective jury member for the Led Zeppelin ‘Stairway To Heaven‘ plagiarism case was dismissed after admitting they are a big fan of the band and have a ‘love’ for Robert Plant and Jimmy Page which is ‘very strong’, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Eight jurors in total will sit for the trial after seven of the original fourteen were dismissed yesterday as Plant and Page attended the opening of the case in Los Angeles in which they are being accused of stealing the riff for Led Zeppelin’s classic rock track ‘Stairway To Heaven‘.
The case has been brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Randy Wolfe. He wrote an instrumental entitled ‘Taurus‘ in 1967 during his time as part of the sixties band Spirit, whose opening chords are alleged to have been stolen by Led Zep for ‘Stairway To Heaven’.
U.S. District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner expects proceedings to last ‘four or five days’.