LOS ANGELES:- Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has told a court he hadn't heard a song he is accused of plagiarizing for the iconic "Stairway to Heaven" until a few years ago. Page and bandmate Robert Plant are accused of stealing the rock epic's opening bars from "Taurus," an instrumental track from the first album of long-defunct psychedelic Los Angeles rock band Spirit. The 72-year-old, who was wearing a tailored black suit and his white hair tied back in a ponytail, said he had three Spirit albums among a collection of around 10,000 vinyls and CDs.–AFP

But he told the court on the second day of the trial he only realized Spirit's first record was among them when he searched for it after his son-in-law played an internet posting in which the tracks were compared side by side.

"I knew I'd never heard it before," Page said, adding that the concept of comparing the two songs "was just totally alien to me."