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Def Leppard Deny They Will Sue One Direction Over Song Similarities

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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'

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