Gene Simmons has revealed why KISS decided not to sue Bruce Springsteen over The Boss’s 2009 song “Outlaw Pete”, which contains a chorus that is somehwhat similar to that of the band’s 1979 hit “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”.
“KISS have sued lots of people [for plagiarism] and won,” Simmons told The Guardian. “But some people we don’t sue. We didn’t sue Bruce Springsteen for ‘Outlaw Pete’. How do we decide who to sue and who not to? We like Springsteen. We don’t sue.”
Fellow KISS co-founder Paul Stanley addressed the Springsteen track’s resemblance to the KISS classic during a 2016 interview. He said: “There’s a Springsteen song that sounds like… There’s a part of the song that sounds like ‘I Was Made For Loving You’, so I’m sure he wasn’t sitting around listening to that. But it finds its way into everybody’s music. You can’t come down on everybody for their creativity.”
“Outlaw Pete” is the opening track from Springsteen‘s 2009 album “Working On A Dream”. Springsteen and illustrator Frank Caruso turned the song into a picture book in 2014.
Stanley admitted in September that the success of the disco-influenced “I Was Made For Lovin’ You” was “a double-edged sword, because it became such a massive hit but it was also so contrary and contradictory to what we had done before.”