Following the recent plagiarism accusations
regarding similarities between One Direction
's fresh single "Midnight Memories
" and classic Def Leppard
tune "Pour Some Sugar on Me
," Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell
stepped up to confirm that the band will not be taking legal action against young pop stars.
"The chords are one-four-five,"
Campbell explained during a Billboard
chat. "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."
Vivian further noted feeling flattered about the young pop act liking the Leppard vibe. "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."
While on the subject, Campbell addressed the Robin Thicke
's "Blurred Lines
" vs. Marvin Gaye
's "Got to Give It Up
" matter, calling such plagiarism accusations different from the ones previously discussed. "That's different,"
he explained. "In fact it's got the mayonnaise jar and people hooting in the background which Marvin Gaye had. I don't see that you can do that. The One Direction one is very similar in structure, but it's all good."
As reported, One Direction were previously also accused of ripping off the Who
classic "Baba O'Riley
" in their "Best Song Ever