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2015.05.15 - Toronto Sun - Duff McKagan Blasts 'Sweet Child O'Mine' Copying Claims

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Post by Blackstar Sat May 21, 2022 6:10 pm

Duff McKagan blasts 'Sweet Child O' Mine' copying claims

Former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan has dismissed reports suggesting the group's hit song Sweet Child O' Mine was copied from rock group Australian Crawl.

Australian Crawl singer James Reyne recently pointed out that his group's 1981 track Unpublished Critics bears similarities to the 1987 rock anthem, but insisted he would never act on his suspicions for fear of the legendary band's heavyweight legal team.

McKagan and fellow former Guns N' Roses star Gilby Clarke have now spoken out to dismiss the claims.

The bassist tells U.S. radio show Opie Radio, "At that point, Guns were trying to be so original and different to do our own thing. There's just no way we would have referenced anything. So if there's any similarity, it's complete happenstance... Any bands I've been in, you do the small check for comparisons. You always run into Free Fallin by Tom Petty. It's always some Tom Petty song, right? He's the master for anything with three chords. It's always a Tom Petty track or a (Rolling) Stones song."

Speaking on Florida radio channel The Gater, guitarist Clarke adds, "Obviously, when I heard the songs back to back, it's definitely 'Wow.' But, in all honesty, there definitely isn't a connection. The band was always about being original, being the first. So it's really not in the DNA to have been part of something like that."

The discussion between the musicians comes after Marvin Gaye's family successfully sued Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke over copyright claims stemming from hit track Blurred Lines, winning a $7.3 million settlement earlier this year, while British pop star Sam Smith was forced to give Tom Petty a writing credit on his hit track Stay With Me following a copyright dispute.

https://torontosun.com/2015/05/15/duff-mckagan-blasts-sweet-child-o-mine-copying-claims
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