Def Leppard Not Suing Over One Direction’s Midnight Memories

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December 20, 2013 | 6:54pm EST

Veteran musicians Def Leppard have dismissed reports suggesting they are seeking to sue One Direction over similarities between their new single Midnight Memories and the rockers’ classic Pour Some Sugar On Me.
An article printed in Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper earlier this month alleged the members of Def Leppard had instructed their lawyers to investigate the claims and compare Midnight Memories’ three-chord hook to their own composition on their 1987 hit.
However, guitarists Vivian Campbell and Phil Collen have spoken out to deny they are planning to pursue legal action.
Campbell tells Billboard.com, “The One Direction one is very similar in structure, but it’s all good…
“The chords are one-four-five. Those are the blues. You don’t get more basic than that. I think what’s more reminiscent of the Leppard thing is the production, the sound, the vocals, the reverb and the way it’s assembled.
“That is very flattering that all of a sudden these kids think it’s a cool sound. I think a lot of people of their generation aren’t going to connect their music to ours.”
The One Direction boys are no strangers to allegations of copyright – another single, Best Song Ever, was said to have been strikingly similar to The Who’s Baba O’Riley tune upon its release this summer, but songwriter and guitarist Pete Townshend refused to launch a lawsuit against the young stars, insisting, “The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we’ve all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry made it clear that fancy chords don’t mean great music – not always.”

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