That’s the theory floated by–of all places–Business Insider. I’d never heard this story before.
Mark Andes, Spirit’s founding bassist, says he believes the members of Led Zeppelin heard Taurus that day, beginning a process that would lead to its appropriation forStairway. Taurus was a fixture of Spirit’s set at the time. “It was such a pretty moment, and it would typically come after a big forceful number and always got a good response,” Andes says at his home in a Houston suburb, where his music room is lined with framed gold records, many from the decade he later spent with the band Heart. “They would have seen it in that context.”
Read the whole story here. It’s rather intriguing. And given Zep’s well-documented predilection for, er, borrowing material from other sources, I kinda believe this.
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