Joe Satriani's plagiarism lawsuit against Coldplay is one of the most ridiculous accusations in recent memory. Last December, the guitar virtuoso sued the Britpop superstars, claiming that the hit "Viva la Vida" was stolen from his tune "If I Could Fly," from the 2004 album Is There Love in Space? Aside from the fact that both tracks bear a distinct melodic similarity to Cat Stevens's 1973 song "Love/Heaven," does Satch seriously think that Chris Martin spends his free time listening to virtuosic shred rock?
Unfortunately, the world will never get to see this trial reach its absurd conclusion, as Yahoo News reports, the case has been dismissed by the California Central District Court. According to the report, "This suggests that an out-of-court financial settlement may have been reached by both parties with Judge Dean Pregerson." Also, Billboard reports that both parties have come to a "financial settlement" and that "Coldplay will not be required to admit any wrongdoing," according to a legal source.
Now that the case has wrapped, Satriani can go back to torturing the world with Chickenfoot, his arguably terrible side-project with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony.
Chickenfoot tour dates:
9/16 Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
9/17 Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Pavilion
9/20 San Antonio, TX - Sunset Station
9/21 Grand Prarie, TX - Nokia Theatre
9/23 Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
9/25 Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre
9/26 Valley Center, CA - Harrah's Rincon Open Sky Theater
9/27 Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheater
Coldplay tour dates:
9/16 Glasgow, UK - Hampden Park *
9/18 London, UK - Wembley Stadium
9/19 London, UK - Wembley Stadium