Contact Us

Def Leppard Deny They Will Sue One Direction Over Song Similarities

One Direction Def Leppard
Jamie McCarthy / Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images

One Direction dodged an imaginary bullet. Earlier this week, a British tabloid reported that ’80s rockers Def Leppard were putting together a lawsuit, since they felt that 1D’s ‘Midnight Memories,’ a big, bold rock anthem with a stadium-sized hook that was co-written by the band, copied their 1988 smash ‘Pour Some Sugar on Me.’

The Lep’s guitarists, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, have now said that the story of their plans to sue is false.

They do note that the similarities relate to some basic chords and production values, but that’s about the long and short of it. Collen acknowledged that the songs “are very similar in structure, but it’s all good.”

Ready for a mini guitar lesson, Directioners? Campbell said that “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.”

Def Leppard are actually quite pleased that 1D are influenced by them, saying, “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.”

Basically, Def Leppard are pointing out that these are base musical structures that all bands use.

Both songs are singable and invite fans to join in and pump their firsts. It’s a bit more rawkin’ than what we’ve heard from 1D before, but we still love it! It nods to the ’80s era, and Def Leppard embody that sound, for sure.

But 1D don’t have sticky fingers, nor did they steal it. Crisis averted.

Next: Read Our Review of 'Midnight Memories'

Best of Mix 94.1

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for MIX VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive MIX VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.