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Quick Takes On Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue, Queen, & Eric Clapton

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Led Zeppelin’s song publishers, Warner/Chappell, are seeking nearly $1 million from the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust, which operates on behalf of the late Spirit guitarist known as Randy California. Last month’s decision saw a U.S. Federal Court in L.A. decide that Robert Plant and Jimmy Page’s “Stairway To Heaven” did not feature portions from California’s song “Taurus,” and now Vintage Vinyl News reports that Warner/Chappell is “seeking $613,471 in attorney’s fees plus additional costs for expert witnesses, a total of almost $800,000, from the estate.” The first hearing for the motion will be heard on August 8th in Los Angeles.

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has been charged with a misdemeanor battery stemming from and alleged attack in which he “grabbed a woman’s hair and pulled her to the ground” back on April 7th outside Las Vegas’ Aria Resort & Casino.” The incident was first made public when cell phone footage showed a bizarre scene including actor Nicholas Cage physically restraining and talking Neil down outside the casino. The complaint against Neil was filed on June 27th, and he’ll appear on July 27th in Las Vegas Justice Court. He faces six months in jail if convicted. (

Queen’s 1981 Greatest Hits compilation has been named the best-selling album in the UK, with sales of 6.1 million. Coming in at Number Two is ABBA’s 1992 greatest hits set, Abba Gold with 5.2 million copies, followed by the Beatles’ 1967 watershed release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with 5.1 million. Coming in at Number Four is Adele’s 2011 blockbuster 21 with 4,944,500, and rounding out the Top Five is Oasis’ 1995 second album, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? with 4.7 million units sold. (NME)

Out now on DVD is Eric Clapton And Guests Crossroads Revisited. The three-disc collection features live performances from 2004, 2007, and 2010 by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, James Taylor, Joe Walsh, Steve Winwood, Ron Wood, ZZ Top, and more. The new set features nearly four hours of music, some of which has only been available via the Crossroads DVD/Blu-ray sets.

Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival has been held every three years since 2004 to raise funds for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility that Clapton founded in 1998 to help people suffering from chemical dependency.

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