The members of Def Leppard have spoken out, dismissing rumors that they plan to take legal action against One Direction.
The boy band has been accused of cribbing the hook for “Midnight Memories,” the title track from their new album, from Def Leppard’s iconic “Pour Some Sugar on Me.”
In spite of the controversy, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell are refuting reports that they want to sue 1D.
Collen admitted to Billboard that both songs are “very similar in structure, but it’s all good,” adding that the situation is completely different form the ongoing Robin Thicke-Marvin Gaye lawsuit.
Campbell explained that while the one-four-five chord structure is pretty basic, adding that the production of the song is “what’s more reminiscent of the Leppard thing.”
“That is very flattering that all of a sudden these kids think it’s a cool sound,” he said. “I think a lot of people of their generation aren’t going to connect their music to ours.”
This isn’t the first time One Direction has faced scrutiny over similarities to a classic rock song, with their summer hit “Best Song Ever” being compared to The Who’s “Baba O’Riley.”
At the time, the Who frontman Pete Townsend shut down talk of a lawsuit in a statement, writing that he was “happy to think they may have been influenced a little bit by The Who.”
If you’re so inclined, check out 1D’s “Midnight Memories” here and tell us what you think of the controversy in the comments!