Guns n Roses Stole The Idea For THIS Mega Hit Song


According to the Australian band Australian Crawl, they claim that Guns n Roses stole the music from their song Unpublished Critics and plagiarized it to create the mega hit song Sweet Child O Mine.

Unpublished Critics was written 6 years prior and the frontman of the Aussie band, James Reyne, spoke out to the blog Max TV on where the plagiarism could have taken place. He stated, “’Unpublished Critics’ has the same chugging chord progression, a similarly-sweeping lead break, the verse melody, and the elongated one-syllable vocal in the chorus.

Take a listen-


TMZ caught up with former bassist Duff McKagan to ask him about the recent plagiarism claim.



So what does this have to do with playing guitar?

As a guitar player, you should realize that there are only so many chords, progressions, notes etc available to a song writer.  Sweet Child O Mine is in the key of D major and uses the chords D, C and G.  If you were to strum the rhythm of the song, it uses the most common strum pattern ever used- Down, Down, Up, Up, Down, Up.

The number of songs that use a D-C-G progression with that strum is almost uncountable.

Many times artists will write songs with sometimes an unconscious influence from songs they are familiar with.  Sometimes it's simply a case of pure coincidence.

There are countless examples of a no name band suing a mega hit band claiming plagiarism for one simple reason- $$.  The majority of the time, the claim is unfounded.

Decide for yourself…