The singer/bassist did not mention Zeppelin or "Stairway" by name, but he seemed to refer to the case during a new interview with Bass Player magazine while discussing the bass line on his song "If You Can't Love Me" from his latest album 57th & 9th.
The former frontman for The Police described the part as a simple, common harmonic technique.
"That's a descending bass line, and they've been around a long time," he said. "Some bands get sued for them [laughs]. But they work every time."
Led Zeppelin's plagiarism trial took a major step forward last year due to the fact that the bass lines in "Stairway to Heaven" and Spirit's "Taurus" were nearly identical descending parts.
Zeppelin won the lawsuit early last summer, though an appeal was filed this past March.
On why the descending bass line can be so effective, Sting explained:
"There’s a profundity to them. You’re going down, and the song becomes more intense and profound the deeper the bass line goes. Here, the chords get more dissonant and the tension grows."
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