Kiss frontman Paul Stanley and the band's former guitarist Bruce Kulick are being sued for copyright infringement by a music publishing company that claims a song on the group's new album is too similar musically to Alice Cooper's song "Eighteen."
Six Palms Music Corp., which filed the complaint, claims that the Kiss song "Dreamin'" from the band's "Psycho Circus" album is a bit too close to the Cooper nugget. The company, which published the Cooper hit, alleges that Stanley (who co-wrote the song with Kulick) must have heard Cooper's 1971 classic track several times as the two groups rose together in the theatrical rock genre. Six Palms is seeking an unspecified dollar amount in the case.
Also named as defendants are Polygram International Publishing, Inc., Hori Productions America, Inc., Robert Bruce Music Ltd., Abba-Cadaver Music, and Mercury Records. A spokesperson for both Kiss and Mercury Records had no comment on the suit, but did say that as of press time, the
record label had not been served.
The suit was filed on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, about a month after the release of "Psycho Circus." Kiss is currently gearing up to kick off their 3D world tour in support of the album on Halloween in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium with show openers the Smashing Pumpkins.
A trial by jury is demanded in the suit.