Ooo boy. Here we go again. Whenever someone somewhere perceives melodic or structural similarities between a new song and an older one, there are bound to be cries of plagiarism. The last has fingers pointing at the Foo Fighters for ripping off Ronnie James Dio for their new song, “Something from Nothing.”
Let’s compare, shall we? You be the judge.
First, Dio’s “Holy Diver” from 1983. Pay attention to the riffing that starts at the 48 second mark.
And now, “Something for Nothing.” The contentious bit comes in at about 1:30 into the song.
I’d say that the riffs are similar, but so what? The entire Dio song is built around that riff while in the Foos track, it consists of just one part of the song’s second movement and a modified version as the song progress into is third and four movements.
Was this deliberate? Doubtful. When you accuse someone of plagiarism, you’re saying that someone deliberately took material created by someone else with the fraudulent intent of passing it off as their own. I this case, no one stole anything. The Foo Fighters did not seek to pass off a Dio riff as their own. This is just one of those odd sonic coincidences that happen from time to time where two artists independently discover a similar musical passage or figure. After all, there are just so many notes and so many chord progressions that work in rock’n’roll, so there’s bound to be moments of duplication.
In other words, there’s no controversy here, people. Move along.