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Paul McCartney Cancels Japan Shows, Led Zeppelin Sued

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Paul McCartney attends Time Warner Cable Studios and Revolt Bring the Music Revolution event on February 1, 2014 in New York City.
Photo by Eugene Gologursky

Sir Paul McCartney recently postponed shows on his Japanese tour due to illness. He was on the midst of kicking off a mini-tour in Tokyo on Saturday, but after coming down with a virus, he was advised by doctors to cancel the Saturday show, and another on the following day.

In a statement posted on both his website and Facebook page, McCartney thanked fans for their love and support, and has kept them up to date on his condition. He has also stated the decision to cancel the shows was out of his hands, and is now trying to make up the dates as soon as possible. The Asian leg of his Out There! Tour, is due to continue through Osaka on May 24th, before going to South Korea.

In other music news, Led Zeppelin are being sued by the founding bassist of 1960s rock band Spirit, according to Business Week.

The suit claims the introduction to Zeppelin’s 1971 classic “Stairway to Heaven” is similar to Spirit’s song “Taurus”. Mark Andes, the bassist for Spirit and the person filing the suit, is seeking an injunction to block the upcoming re-release of Zeppelin’s 1971’s album Led Zeppelin IV, and to get co-writing credit for late guitarist Randy California, writer of “Taurus”.

Led Zeppelin has had a history with Spirit, as their opening act in 1968, as well as appearing with them on several festivals the following year. The copyright infringement lawsuit is not Led Zeppelin’s first. The band also faced this situation with other songs, including most famously “Whole Lotta Love”, which now gives blues legend Willie Dixon co-writing credit, after a lawsuit claims the song was similar to the song “You Need Love”.

Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and Sprit’s “Taurus” can he listened to on YouTube, so fans can judge for themselves.