Def Leppard - Def Leppard Not Suing Over One Direction's Midnight Memories

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 (Dec13) 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 (13), 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."


Contactmusic

Tags: Def Leppard - One Direction

Advertisement

More Def Leppard

Are Def Leppard Pursuing Legal Action Over One Direction Song?

One Direction is back on the Billboard music charts (as they seem to be at any given time), but this time it may not be...

Def Leppard Introduced At Hard Rock Where They Receive Their Own Display

Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell, Rick Savage, Rick Allen and Joe Elliott of eighties hard rock band Def Leppard are introduced by the Vice President of...

Def Leppard Drummer Rick Allen Visits Old Drum Kit At Hard Rock Display

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen is called up to comment on one of his old drum kits which is on display at the Hard Rock...

Advertisement

Are Bon Jovi Really A Good Choice For Isle Of Wight Headline Slot?

Bon Jovi have added the Isle of Wight Festival to next year’s string of tour dates. the New Jersey band have been booked to close...

Def Leppard Divorce: Vivian Campbell Splits From Wife After 25 Years

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has filed for divorce from his wife of 25 years, Julie Campbell. According to TMZ.com, Campbell - who joined the...

Russell Brand Shows Off His New Ride

Russell Brand was recently snapped chatting to friends, before getting into his brand new 4x4.Brand appreciates the finer things in life, as he recently revealed...

Def Leppard - Pyromania / Adrenalize Deluxe Editions

Review of the Def Leppard deluxe versions of Pyromania / Adrenalize.As many will know, Def Leppard have furnished the ears of the masses with an...

Advertisement

Comments

Def Leppard Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Def Leppard

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All