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Robert Plant Makes Fun of Pearl Jam for Ripping Off Led Zeppelin Song

Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant recently poked fun at Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready about the striking similarities between Zeppelin's 1971 track "Going to California" and Pearl Jam's 1998 tune "Given to Fly."

Plant was interviewed by McCready on SiriusXM's Pearl Jam Radio. Asked about "how important is it to create?", Rob replied:

"Crucial, absolutely crucial. Being an entertainer, outside of skill, craft, experience, and whatever else it is you grow into, repetition is a hell of an evil bedfellow.

"To repeat yourself as regularly as we do as entertainers, you know this, I mean how many times have you played 'Going to California'? Oh sorry, whatever your song is called [Mike laughs]. F--king hell, what is it called?"

Mike replied, "It's called 'Given to Fly,' yes, yes [laughs]." Robert noted, "Yeah, yeah, whoopsadaisy. Mind you, nobody's perfect. The truth of the matter is..."

"We all borrow, right? Or steal?", Mike chimed in. "Well that’s what your singer said," Rob said.

Back to Mike, "Yes. He said 'Given to California.' When you came to see us in Sweden, we did the song, and he said, he dedicated it to you I think, and acknowledged you, and said 'Given to California.'"

Plant sarcastically replied, "It's a good job he had some dancing girls backstage afterwards to take the heat out of the moment [Mike laughs]. We're all mature, so we all know that's okay. I didn't get a check in the post, nothing like that."

"It could be in the mail!", Mike added.

From:Ultimate Guitar

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November 21, 1968 - Robert becomes a father to a baby girl named Carmen Jane.
November 09, 1968 - Robert marries Maureen in London. Their reception is a performance at the Roundhouse in London
November xx, 1969 - Tempers flare over Atlantic in the UK wanting to release singles
November xx, 1969 - Recording for Led Zeppelin III begins at Olympic Studios in London
November xx, 1970 - Plans are in motion for a Yardbirds reunion
November 08, 1971 - Finally after much anticipation, Untitled is released
November xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy is mixed and completed
November 10, 1972 - Led Zeppelin sell out 120,000 tickets in one day
November xx, 1973 - Initial recordings for Physical Graffiti commences at Headley Grange
November 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finalize the purchase of Headley Grange to be their new corporate headquarters
November xx, 1974 - The band makes plans and rehearses for the tenth North American tour
November xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin records Presence in a mere 18 days
November xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin book into Ezyhire Studios to rehearse new material for an upcoming tour
November 04, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same movie premieres in Europe
November xx, 1977 - Jimmy dispells rumors of Led Zeppelin’s break up
November 06, 1978 - Led Zeppelin purchase and ship new gear to Polar Studios to begin work on a new album
November 10, 1979 - Led Zeppelin and their entire entourage attend an ABBA concert
November 07, 1980 - The band meets with Peter Grant to announce the retirement of Led Zeppelin
November 29, 1999 - The RIAA announced that Led Zeppelin were only the third act in music history to achieve four or more Diamond albums, a Diamond album being awarded for accredited sales of more than 10 million units in the US.
November 01, 2007 - An announcement was made that Jimmy Page had fractured his finger on his left hand after a fall in his garden and the reunion show would be postponed to December 10, 2007.
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