Rock News of the Day
The jury in the trial over Led Zeppelin classic Stairway To Heaven has heard that the band’s catalogue earned around $60 million over the years 2011 to 2014.
The testimony came from music economist Michael Einhorn during the fourth day of the trial in Los Angeles. Another expert said that the chord sequence at the centre of the case is at least three centuries old.
Bassist John Paul Jones made a brief appearance at the witness stand. He said that guitarist Jimmy Page had never mentioned 1967 Spirit track Taurus, which the band are accused of having copied for 1971 song Stairway.
— Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says the band’s next album is “more of a diverse record” than 2008’s Death Magnetic. The audio engineer for that album is actually producing the new one, so they’re really concentrating on the sonics of the album. They’re currently mixing the songs; the album is expected to be released later this year.
— Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan is still excited over seeing Axl Rose sing for AC/DC during their European tour, saying “Me and Slash and our ladies went over to London just to surprise Axl, and it was amazing… it was magical.”
— Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood says the band initially rehearsed 120 tracks for their most recent tour, but they managed to whittle that number down to 60 or 70, playing 24 songs a night.
On This Day in Rock
1955—Michael Anthony, bassist for Van Halen is born.
1969—The Jimi Hendrix Experience received $125,000, the largest fee ever at the time for their headlining appearance at the Newport Pop Festival held outside of Los Angeles.
1969—David Bowie recorded “Space Oddity” at London’s Trident Studios.
1980—The Eagles headlined the Texxas Jam at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Other acts on the bill included Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar & April Wine.
1986—The Prince’s Trust Concert was held at Wembley Stadium in London featuring Paul McCartney, Elton John, Tina Turner, Dire Straits, Bryan Adams & Phil Collins.
1987—Boston made their first live appearance in eight years, headlining the Texxas Jam at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on a bill that also included Aerosmith, Whitesnake, Poison & Tesla.
1998—Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters and Pantera headlined the first Ozzfest held in the U.K. at the Milton Keynes Bowl in Milton Keynes.
2008—Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was honored with an honorary doctorate in music at the University of Surrey in the U.K.
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