I’m not a musicologist nor a musician, however if they’re calling guitarists like Philadelphia’s Kevin Hanson to the witness stand to play the intro to both Spirit’s “Taurus” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” in copyright court to display the differences…I’d certainly watch a video deposition of someone doing the same for the introductory acoustic guitar riff for “Angie” and “Hotel California”, a song now four full decades into being absolutely inescapable.
This was from the seventies Rolling Stones Records era of the Stones, which is to say a slightly less litigious time frame than the Allen Klein ABCKO Records mid-60’s era. For those unfamiliar, it was Klein’s legal crew who crushed Richard Ashcroft & Company in court over their use of Andrew Loog Oldham’s symphonic rendition of “The Last Time” which they sampled for their first-and still only-worldwide smash hit “Bittersweet Symphony”.
Did the Stones just decide they didn’t need to fully stoke the fires of a potential East of The Atlantic/West Coast rock beef?
Would calling out their biggest competition for rock supremacy in the mid-70’s have re-ignited Old Country/Former Colony tensions and taken us straight back to the War of 1812?
“C’est La Vie, say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell.”
Maybe Mick decided to let sleeping dogs lie because “Angie” has long been rumored to be a song about him being a dirty-macking dog with David Bowie’s first wife.
Or perhaps Keith, who was somewhat critical of his own band’s partaking in the “Bittersweet Symphony” case, simply decided that even without that he was “crazy straight” and “still spending Verve money from ‘98”.
Props to the five people in here familiar enough with both Britpop copyright kerfuffles and Jay-Z’s debut album in order to fully get that joke.
Whatever the case, or non-case may be, you can’t say we never tried.