Ozzy Osbourne: Led Zeppelin Trial Was 'Waste of F**king Time'
"That group [Led Zeppelin] is fucking phenomenal”, Black Sabbath singer declared. "What do they need a fucking songwriter for?".
Ozzy Osbourne couldn't believe that Led Zeppelin had to defend themselves in court last month, alleged of ripping off Spirits' instrumental "Taurus" to write "Stairway to Heaven”.
"It's f**king crazy, actually”, the Black Sabbath singer told Rolling Stone.
"That should have never gone to court. I heard the original thing, and there's just a slight similarity. It's like saying any f**king song with that kind of a guitar on it is a rip-off. It's not fair. There's only so many fucking notes on a guitar, and it wasn't that much like 'Stairway to Heaven.' I'm amazed it lasted so fucking long, you know?"
"You listen to 'All Right Now' by Free and you listen to Steve Miller's 'Rock'n Me' and it's EXACTLY the same riff and they haven't sued each other," he continues. "It's EXACTLY the same."
"That group is fucking phenomenal. What do they need a fucking songwriter for? Why would they rip anybody off? It's just a waste of f**king time. I'm really surprised it went to court. It's fucking crazy.
"They don't deserve it," he continues. "It's like, do you honestly think they'll sit there and go, 'Oh, we'll steal this and change it a bit like this so it sells.' Fuck. Give me a break. The song that was played was kind of a bit similar but it was only the chord sequence."