HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - New this morning: A Los Angeles jury has ruled in favor of Led Zepplin. The band was accused of plagiarizing part of their most famous song "Stairway to Heaven." It centered around the opening 10-second guitar riff to "Stairway to Heaven" from a lesser known band named Spirit. This puts to rest a debate that has been going on for decades.
We played a small sample of both songs
The Los Angeles jury has decided the band did not steal the opening to its classic anthem. The trust for the late songwriter Randy Wolfe claimed Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant stole the riff from Wolfe's 1968 instrumental "Taurus" recorded with the band Spirit. Page, Plant and bassist John Paul Jones all testified in the case. There have been several times thru the years where Led Zepplin has been involved in lawsuits with most having been settled out of court. This is one of the first that has not.
Picture from Hawaii entertainer/Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Jon Yamasato's Facebook Page; Jon was with the Geeks Burt Lum & Ryan Ozawa on Hawaii Public Radio's Bytemarks Cafe radio show talking about how startup bands can use social media to their advantage. Jon said, "Had a great time on the Bytemarks Cafe radio show today. Will post link to the interview soon.
Some of Hawaii's most well known 'ukulele players are in Japan for a celebration; Kalei Gamiao sent us word on the concert that will feature Kalei, Jake, Brittni Paiva, Taimane and Bryan Tolentino who just won a Na Hoku Hanohano Award. It's all in celebration of Kamaka 'Ukulele and their 100th anniversary. Concert takes place tomorrow, which is Saturday Japan time.
Hawaii Five - 0 fans..Mark your calendars! CBS has announced the premiere date for the 7th season. Steve McGarrett... Dan-O and all your other favorites will be back on September 23rd. The episode will air at 9 p.m so if you're gonna miss it make sure to set your DVR's. Now many are waiting to see if the highly anticipated "Sunset on the Beach/Hawaii Five-0" Season premiere will happen as it has in past years.
Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon did another hilarious impersonation of Presidential candidate Donald Trump. So who is the comedian's choice for Trump's running mate? Meet Little Donald! That's 14-year-old Jack Aiello. His impressions of Bernie, Hillary & Trump during a middle school graduation speech earlier this month went viral...so Jimmy brought him on.