We're not suing 1D over 'rip-off' – Pete Townshend
THE Who guitarist Pete Townshend has laughed off reports that the rockers are suing One Direction after fans said the boy band's new single, Best Song Ever, ripped off The Who's 1971 song Baba O'Riley.
One critic said the One Direction single was a "sterilised and repackaged" version of The Who's original.
Thousands of One Direction fans took to Twitter to defend them after rumours spread that The Who was considering taking legal action, but Townshend said it was not true.
He said: "No. I like the single. I like One Direction. The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we've all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry made it clear that fancy chords don't mean great music – not always.
"One Direction are in my business, with a million fans, and I'm happy to think they may have been influenced a little bit by The Who."
The boyband, who were brought together on the X Factor, will be in London next week for the premiere of their new film, One Direction: This Is Us.