Credit: Alan SilfenAs the music world mourns the loss of pop icon Prince, celebrities and artists who had the opportunity to work with the eccentric musician provide anecdotal stories of the singer -- including Lionel Richie, who says that the "Purple Rain" artist refused to do the "We Are the World" collaboration simply because he didn't want to.
According to Richie, who co-wrote the 1985 charity song with Michael Jackson, Prince was invited to participate in the A-list collaborative effort, but declined last minute.
"I mean, I sat on the phone with him for the longest time," Richie told Access Hollywood. "I said, 'Prince, we're all down [here] waiting on you.' He says, 'Can I do it in a separate room?' 'Okay, I'll call you back later.'"
Lionel continued, "I would love to tell you that that's different from anything else he's ever done. That's just Prince. Of course he's not going to be at a group of singers at the time when we want him to show up."
Richie also revealed that he had to try real hard to get the singer to attend the American Music Awards that year, which Lionel hosted, but according to the "All Night Long" singer, it was difficult "to talk him into showing up."
Billed as "the most comprehensive Beatles exhibition ever assembled," the display includes more than 150 artifacts from the collection of Peter Miniaci & Associates, a firm that specializes in items related to the legendary band. The exhibit takes visitors on a journey through the Beatles members' lives and careers, from their days prior to the group's formation through their heyday as international sensations to the music icons' post-breakup years.
Among the memorabilia featured in "The Magical History Tour" are some instruments belonging to the band members, rare photos and posters, letters and documents, Beatles merchandise and much more. The display includes a drum kit from the pre-Beatles group The Quarrymen, an infamous document dissolving the Fab Four's partnership and the copy of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album that Lennon signed for his murderer, Mark David Chapman, the day Chapman shot him to death.
The exhibition isn't officially sanctioned by The Beatles, but a representative for Exhibits Development Group, which produced the attraction, says the band gave it their blessing.
"They basically, for all intents and purposes, said, 'Good luck,'" EDG's Will Peterson tells Billboard. "So we picked up what they were putting down and went ahead and planned an exhibition that is sensitive to their copyrights, and we're certainly not trying to be at conflict with anything that the Beatles are doing. We're just trying to tell the story in a unique and different way."
Visit TheHenryFord.org for pricing details.The exhibit will run through September 18, and then -- according to Billboard -- reopen in March 2017 at the Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa.
Columbia RecordsBob Dylan's new cover version of Frank Sinatra's 1957 hit "All the Way" has premiered online on Dylan's official website and YouTube channel. The track will be featured on the folk-rock legend's upcoming album Fallen Angels, which will be released May 20.
Dylan's rendition of "All the Way" transforms the tune into a laid-back country shuffle, complete with twangy pedal-steel guitar. Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, the song was introduced in the 1957 film The Joker Is Wild. The tune went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
As previously reported, Fallen Angels will be Dylan's second consecutive album dedicated to songs recorded by Sinatra, following 2015's Shadows in the Night. The new record will be available as a CD, a vinyl LP and a digital download. A blue-vinyl version of the album is available exclusively at Barnes & Noble, while Dylan's online store is selling limited-edition bundles packaging the CD or LP with a lithograph and a pack of Fallen Angels playing cards. If you pre-order the digital version of the album, you'll automatically receive a free download of "All the Way" and another track, "Melancholy Mood."
Dylan will support Fallen Angels with a U.S. tour that kicks off June 4 in Woodinville, Washington, and runs through a July 17 concert in Gilford, New Hampshire. Mavis Staples will open all of the shows. Purchase a pair of tickets to certain concerts and you'll receive a free CD copy of the new album.
RhinoChicago was honored with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month, and now comes word that a new box set featuring high-quality Blu-ray Audio versions of most of the band's early albums will be released on June 17.
Chicago Quadio is a nine-disc collection boasting new quadrophonic and stereo mixes of the horn-driven rock act's first eight studio efforts, and of the group's 1975 greatest-hits compilation.
The box set, which will sell for a suggested list price of $159.98, will replicate the original sleeves and packaging of the nine albums, including mini posters and an iron-on that came with 1975's Chicago VIII. All of the albums have been remastered in both quadrophonic and stereo.
Among the many classic songs featured on the Chicago Quadio collection are "Beginnings," "Make Me Smile," "Saturday in the Park," "25 or 6 to 4," "Colour My World," "Feelin' Stronger Every Day," "Just You 'n' Me," "Old Days," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" and the chart-topping "If You Leave Me Now."
Here is the list of albums featured in the Chicago Quadio box set:
Chicago Transit Authority (1969) Chicago (1970) Chicago III (1971) Chicago V (1972) Chicago VI (1973) Chicago VII (1974) Chicago VIII (1975) Chicago IX: Chicago's Greatest Hits (1975) Chicago X (1976)
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesAuthorities have obtained a search warrant for Prince’s Paisley Park estate, but the court has authorized sealing it, ABC News confirmed Thursday.
Disclosing the details of what the sheriff’s deputies are searching for, court documents say, could compromise the investigation.
The paperwork was filed one day after law enforcement sources told ABC News that prescription drugs were found in Prince’s possession and at his home.
The Carver County Sheriff’s Office has contacted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration about the possibility of assisting in the investigation if the pharmaceuticals are found to be related to the singer's death.
The sheriff’s office says no active work is being done by the DEA at this time because the toxicology work has yet to be completed.
The DEA routinely assists local authorities in investigations involving prescription drugs, and a DEA official says the agency stands ready to assist if it is needed.
The week before Prince died at the age of 57, he was rushed to the hospital in Illinois, where, his rep told ABC News, he was treated for the flu.
Then, last Thursday, the music legend was pronounced dead at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota. The next day, the chief medical examiner at the Midwest Medical Examiner's office performed an autopsy on the singer's body to determine his cause of death. A report, which will include toxicology results, could "likely take weeks," according to the medical examiner's office.
Credit: Danny ClinchNeil Young will release a new live album titled Earth on June 17 that features a variety of tunes the folk-rock legend performed recently with his current backing group Promise of the Real.
In a statement, Young reveals that Earth is 98 minutes long, and explains that the album "flows as a collection of 13 songs from throughout my life, songs I have written about living here on our planet together." He adds, "Our animal kingdom is well represented in the audience as well and the animals, insects, birds and mammals actually take over the performances of the songs at times."
The track list includes four songs that appear on Young's most recent studio album, 2015's The Monsanto Years, his classic "After the Gold Rush," a variety of lesser-known gems from his back catalog and a previously unreleased tune called "Seed Justice."
Young also posted a message about Earth on his official Facebook page, noting that the album is too long to "fit on iTunes." He adds, "It breaks all their rules (and couldn't all really be heard that way anyway). No one who was there will ever forget the love, wonder and beautiful madness of EARTH. I know I won't."
Special limited-edition Earth bundles are available for pre-order now at Young's official online store that feature either a two-CD or a three-LP vinyl set packaged with a poster and a high-res digital version of the album compatible with Neil's Pono music player. The CD collection will be available on June 17, while the vinyl set won't be released until August 12.
Also, Young will be attending a listening party for Earth that will be held on Friday, May 6, at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in L.A. The entire album will be played on a Pono system at the event.
Here is the track list of Earth:
"Mother Earth" "Seed Justice" "My Country Home" "The Monsanto Years" "Western Hero" "Vampire Blues" "Hippie Dream" "After the Gold Rush" "Human Highway" "Big Box" "People Want to Hear About Love" "Wolf Moon" "Love & Only Love"
BillboardAs Prince continues to dominate the Billboard charts a week after his death, Billboard pays tribute to the late musical genius with a special issue dedicated to his memory.
The issue features an extensive look back at his career -- including his defining Dirty Mind album, his iconic Purple Rainstyle and his many female muses. Billboard also includes some of Prince's quirkiest stories and quotes, plus reactions from his former flame Sheila E., comedian Tracy Morgan and producer Jimmy Jam.
Morgan recounts how Prince's song "Condition of the Heart" helped him cope with his father's death, and he credits Prince's music for teaching him "how to be gentle" with a woman. He also says that after seeing Prince up close, "I turned gay for about five seconds."
Sheila E. reflects that she and Prince "always loved each other" and Jimmy Jam says Prince's "talent was singular, second to nobody."
The musician died last Thursday at the age of 57. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.
RhinoHere it comes! You can check out The Monkees' new single, "She Makes Me Laugh," via a lyrics video that premiered Thursday on RollingStone.com. The upbeat, poppy tune was written by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo, and is the lead track off of the famed 1960s group's upcoming studio album, Good Times!, which will be released on May 27.
The video appears to bounce around to different frames from a vintage Monkees comic book, as the lyrics appear in speech bubbles alongside the band's members.
While "She Makes Me Laugh" is very reminiscent of classic Monkees tunes, with its jangly 12-string guitar riffs and melodic vocals from Micky Dolenz, Cuomo's contribution is definitely felt in lyrics like "We'll have a dinner date tonight and play some scrabble with the guys, and wear our pink party hats."
"I'm super stoked to be writing a song for the Monkees," says Cuomo in the album's liner notes. "I've always identified with their musical aesthetic -- the chord changes and melodies."
Surviving Monkees members Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith all contributed their musical and songwriting talents to Good Times! The album also includes vintage songs written by Harry Nilsson, Neil Diamond, Carole King & Gerry Goffin and Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, and new tunes penned by Oasis' Noel Gallagher and The Jam's Paul Weller, XTC's Andy Partridge, Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger.
Credit: Eleanor StillsThe Rides, Stephen Stills' blues-rock project with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and ex-Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg, return with their second album, Pierced Arrow, next week.
In advance of the record's May 6 release, the band has shared the lead track, "Kick Out of It," online at The Huffington Post.
The mid-tempo rock tune is highlighted by some blazing guitar work from Stills and Shepherd and Stephen's attitude-heavy vocals.
"This song is authentic rock 'n' roll at its best," Shepherd tells The Huffington Post. "This is the first song we wrote together for this record and it really set the tone for the entire album. It's vintage Stephen Stills. The song idea was conceived decades ago and was finished with The Rides."
Pierced Arrow is the follow-up to the band's 2013 debut, Can't Get Enough. The Rides' lineup also features longtime Crosby, Stills & Nash touring bassist Kevin McCormick and drummer Chris Layton, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 as a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.
The Rides will launch a U.S. tour in support of Pierced Arrow this Monday, May 2, in Burnsville, Minnesota. The trek currently is mapped out through a June 5 concert in Riverside, California.
5/2 -- Burnsville, MN, Ames Center 5/3 -- Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater 5/5 -- Springfield, IL, Sangamon Auditorium 5/6 -- Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Theater 5/8 -- Merrillville, IN, Star Plaza Theatre 5/9 -- Munhall, PA, Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall 5/11 -- Englewood, NJ, Bergen Performing Arts Center 5/12 -- New York, NY, Town Hall 5/13 -- Kingston, NY, UPAC 5/15 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sand Bethlehem Events Center 5/17 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theater 5/18 -- Providence, RI, Lupo's 5/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Pantages Theatre 6/1 -- San Diego, CA, Balboa Theater 6/2 -- Berkeley, CA, UC Theatre 6/4 -- Scottsdale, AZ, Talking Stick Resort 6/5 -- Riverside, CA, Fox PAC
The National Concert Day event serves to promote the summer concert season and celebrates the artists who will be hitting the road this year.
The show also will feature performances by country singer Dierks Bentley, rap star Wiz Khalifa and other as-yet-unannounced artists. In addition, a variety of musicians will be attending the event, including Bad Company's Simon Kirke. Hoda Kotb of NBC's Today show will host the event, which will be streamed live at LiveNation.com/ConcertDay16.
All of the aforemenioned artists attending the National Concert Day Show will be launching their own tours this summer. For example, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick will be teaming up with Heart for the Rock Hall Three for All trek, kicking off July 14 in Clarkston, Michigan.
In conjunction with the launch of the summer concert season, Live Nation also will be offering special $20 tickets to hundreds of shows. The tickets will be available from May 13 through May 20. More details will be announced soon at LiveNation.com and Live Nation's social media pages. Also, as part of a partnership with Pringles, Live Nation is giving concertgoers the chance to buy four tickets for the price of three by visiting LiveNation.com/Pringles.
Atlantic RecordsPhil Collins' ongoing "Take a Look at Me Now" campaign, which finds the former Genesis star reissuing all of his solo albums with unreleased bonus tracks, is wrapping up June 10 with the release of deluxe editions of ....But Seriously and Going Back, the latter now retitled The Essential Going Back.
1989's ...But Seriously included the smash hit "Another Day in Paradise," and topped the Billboard chart for four weeks. Going Back, which came out in 2010, was his first new album since 2002's Testify, and featured the singer/drummer interpreting Motown classics from artists like Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and Smokey Robinson.
"I decided to call this version of Going Back The Essential Going Back," Collins says in a statement. "In retrospect, I included too much music on the original version, and I believe that too much is not always a good thing. Hence this trimmed-down selection of my favorite Motown songs."
As with all of the reissues, both albums include a second disc featuring demos, live recordings and B-sides.
Here are the track listings:
Original Album Remastered
"Hang In Long Enough" "That's Just the Way It Is" "Do You Remember?" "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" "Colours" "I Wish It Would Rain Down" "Another Day in Paradise" "Heat on the Street" "All of My Life" "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" "Father to Son" "Find a Way to My Heart"
"Hang In Long Enough" (Live)* "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" (Live)* "Colours" (Live)* "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" (Live)* "Always" (Live)* "Find a Way to My Heart" (Live)* "That's How I Feel" (B-side) "You've Been In Love (That Little Bit Too Long)" (B-side) "Another Day in Paradise" (Demo) "That's Just the Way It Is" (Demo) "I Wish It Would Rain Down" (Demo) "Hang In Long Enough" (Demo) "Do You Remember?" (Demo)
The Essential Going Back
Original Album Remastered
"Going Back" "Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)" "(Love Is Like a) Heatwave" "Some of Your Lovin'" "Going to a Go-Go" "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" "Something About You" "Talkin' About My Baby" "Do I Love You" "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" "Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me for a Little While)" "Too Many Fish in the Sea" "Uptight (Everything's Alright)"
"Signed Sealed Delivered (I'm Yours) -- Intro" (Live)* "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" (Live)* "Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue)" (Live)* "Dancing in the Street" (Live)* "(Love Is Like a) Heatwave" (Live)* "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" (Live)* "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer" (Live)* "Talkin' Bout My Baby" (Live)* "Do I Love You" (Live)* "Ain't That Peculiar" (Live)* "Too Many Fish in the Sea" (Live)* "You Really Got a Hold on Me" (Live)* "Something About You" (Live)* "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" (Live)* "My Girl" (Live)* "Going Back" (Live)*
Credit: Ross HalfinAerosmith has confirmed its first U.S. concert performance of 2016, a September 16 headlining appearance at the second annual KAABOO Del Mar Festival, which will be held at the Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds in San Diego. The three-day event, which runs September 16-18, also will feature Jimmy Buffett, Hall & Oates, Gregg Allman, Lenny Kravitz, Third Eye Blind, The Goo Goo Dolls, Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms and many other acts.
In addition, the festival's lineup boasts several well-known comedians, including Dana Carvey, Janeane Garofalo, Darrell Hammond, Jeff Ross and the cast of the HBO series Silicon Valley. The fest also will offer contemporary art displays, food, a selection of alcoholic beverages and more.
Meanwhile, Aerosmith also has announced a trio of concerts in Brazil this October. The shows are scheduled for October 11 in Porto Alegre, October 15 in Sao Paulo and October 21 in Recife.
In related news, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has lined up a June 15 headlining performance at the inaugural LaconiaFest, a nine-day motorcycle and music festival running from June 11 to June 19 in Laconia, New Hampshire. Tyler joins a previously announced lineup that includes Poison's Bret Michaels, Ted Nugent, Lita Ford, Warrant, Trixter and L.A. Guns.
Mike Coppola/Getty ImageOn his show Wednesday night, Jimmy Kimmel welcomed John Mellencamp ahead of his being presented with ASCAP's prestigious Founders Award at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday evening.
The singer-songwriter brought a special guest to Kimmel's stage -- his cute granddaughter.
Sitting and swaying in the chair next to Mellencamp -- so much so that he eventually told her to sit with him in his seat -- the little girl couldn't name any of her granddad's songs, but sang along with the audience on the chorus to "Jack & Diane," which grandpa (or Old Man, as she calls him) sang to close out the show. Incidentally, Mellencamp admitted beforehand that the fan favorite was one of those he no longer likes playing in concert, but made an exception for the Kimmel appearance.
Mellencamp also reminisced about working and hanging out with Bob Dylan, who is a prior ASCAP Founders Award winner. "He's the funniest guy I ever met," Mellencamp said of the music legend. "He's got a great sense of humor...He teases -- that's what he and I do: we smoke together and tease each other."
Mellencamp's Plain Spoken tour resumes October 11 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesABC News has learned prescription drugs were found in Prince's possession and at his home the day he died.
It's still too early to know if the drugs had anything to do with his death. However, the Carver County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota has contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration about helping with the investigation, if needed.
If the drugs are found to be a factor, the DEA would then get involved. The DEA routinely assists local authorities in investigations involving prescription drugs.
Prince died last Thursday at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, at the age of 57. An autopsy was completed Friday, but a cause of death has not yet been revealed. The results of toxicology tests might take weeks.
Courtesy of MSO PRThe Who will continue its tradition of raising money for charity with special concert events by headlining an intimate private show on May 31 in Los Angeles to raise funds for UCLA Health Autism Treatment Program and Teen Cancer America.
The concert, dubbed "Who Cares About the Next Generation," also will feature performances by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder.
In addition, the event will include a live auction hosted by celebrity auctioneer Howie Mandel, and will feature a number of special guests, including KISS singer Paul Stanley and comic actor David Spade.
In advance of the fundraiser, an online silent auction has been launched that offers a variety of VIP experiences, luxury vacation packages and autographed rock memorabilia. Among the items up for bid are guitars signed by The Who, Cream, The Eagles, Jett, Slash, Joe Walsh, Richie Sambora and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen.
The "Who Cares About the Next Generation" event takes place just after The Who winds down the current North American leg of its 50th anniversary tour. The latest series of dates kicked off last night in Toronto, and wraps up May 29 in Las Vegas. Check out the group's full itinerary at TheWho.com.
Courtesy of Business WireElton John and Lady Gaga have collaborated several times musically. Now they're teaming up on the fashion front to raise money for a good cause.
Elton and Gaga are launching Love Bravery, a limited-edition line of clothing and accessories that will be available exclusively at Macy's this spring, and globally later this year. Twenty-five percent of the purchase price benefits both John's AIDS Foundation and Gaga's Born This Way Foundation.
The line includes everything from shirts, sweats and outerwear to backpacks, scarves, key chains, water bottles and skateboards. Some of the motifs include piano keys, guitars, microphones, platform shoes, sunglasses and hearts.
"I love the idea of fusing who you are on the inside -- your passions and dreams -- with what you wear on the outside," says Elton in a statement. "Love Bravery is about the compassion on the inside to understand someone’s fears, and the bravery on the outside to stand up for them, and for yourself: to accept others for who they are and to be who you want to be."
Adds Gaga, "We need to make the world a kinder and braver place where men and women everywhere are empowered to live with compassion. That's what Born This Way Foundation is all about, that’s what the Elton John AIDS Foundation is all about, and that's what Love Bravery is all about."
Rhino; Warner Bros.Prince will continue his reign over the Billboard charts for the second straight week. According to Billboard, industry insiders predict the late music icon could have five albums in the top 10 on next week's Billboard 200 chart.
This week, Prince's 2001 compilation album The Very Best of Prince took the number-one spot on the chart, with the Purple Rain soundtrack ranking second. Those two are also expected to chart high next week, along with two more of his greatest-hits albums -- The Hits/The B-Sides and Ultimate -- and his 1982 album, 1999.
The Very Best of Prince is estimated to sell more than 200,000 copies in week two, with a total equivalent album unit figure of more than 350,000. It's likely to get knocked out of the top spot by Beyonce's Lemonade, which was released on April 23.
The new chart, dated May 14, will reflect the tracking week ending April 28 -- the first full chart week following Prince's death on April 21. It will be revealed on Sunday, May 1.
Credit: Jay GilbertFounding KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has unleashed an official video for his rendition of the 1970 Free tune "Fire and Water," which appears on his recently released solo album Origins, Vol. 1. The track and video reunite Frehley with his former KISS band mate Paul Stanley.
The clip marks the first time that the two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have performed together since KISS' 2002 appearance at the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. The video begins with a scene showing Stanley approaching Frehley in an alleyway. After greeting each other with a handshake and a hug, Paul asks Ace how he's doing, to which the guitar legend answers, "I'm great." Stanley then asks, "So how long has it been?" and Frehley responds, "Too many years." Paul proceeds to ask, "Think we got it?" and Ace declares, "We still got it."
The scene then shifts to a soundstage, where Stanley, Frehley and Ace's backing band are shown rocking out to "Fire and Water." While Frehley wails away during the song's extended solo, one of his guitar pickups begins to glow and smoke pours out from it.
Origins, Vol. 1 is a 12-track album that features Frehley's interpretations of songs by various artists that influenced and inspired him, including Cream, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Thin Lizzy, The Kinks, Steppenwolf, Free and, yes, KISS. In addition to Stanley, a number of other famous rockers lent their talents to the record, including Slash, Lita Ford and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready.
The album was released on April 15, and debuted at #23 on the Billboard 200 chart and at #4 on the Top Rock Albums tally.
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesAfter much speculation, a Minnesota judge has now determined that Prince died "intestate" or without a will, which means his sister and five surviving half-siblings stand to inherit his multimillion dollar estate.
The Carver County probate judge appointed Bremer Trust as special administrator of the late musician's estate, following an informal telephone conference Wednesday with some of his possible heirs.
Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, who attended the hearing, filed paperwork on Tuesday asking for the appointment of a special administrator, stating that she did not believe her late brother had a will and that decisions about his business interests needed to be made.
For the next six months or until a personal representative is appointed, Bremer will manage and supervise Prince's assets and determine his heirs.
Another possible heir, Prince's half sibling Omarr Baker, also attended Wednesday's hearing.
Led Zeppelin in 1973 (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)Attorneys representing late rocker Randy California are offering to settle a potentially lucrative copyright-infringement lawsuit brought against Led Zeppelin over the band's classic song "Stairway to Heaven" for just one dollar -- but there's a catch.
According to Bloomberg News, the lawyers are asking for Robert Plant and Jimmy Page to give California a writing credit on the tune, in exchange for foregoing a court trial that currently is scheduled to start on May 10 in Los Angeles.
The songwriting credit would result in California's estate being entitled to a share of future earnings that "Stairway to Heaven" brings in, and also may mean that the estate could be in line for a percentage of back royalties.
"It's always been about credit where credit is due," said attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy at a pre-trial hearing held Monday in L.A. The lawsuit, which Malofiy filed on behalf of the administrator of California's trust, claims that the opening riff of "Stairway to Heaven" was based on a guitar part from "Taurus," a song by Randy's old band Spirit.
Lawyers for Led Zeppelin contend that the band members should not be liable for copyright infringement because the riffs of "Stairway to Heaven" and "Taurus" both feature a musical structure that has commonly appeared in songs for centuries.