He played at Sunday's Super Bowl match, has a song at No 1 and includes President Barack Obama among his fans. But Bruce Springsteen is at the centre of a plagiarism row.
The country's favourite blue-collar entertainer has been accused of lifting the melody for one of his new tracks from the back catalogue of Kiss, the 1970s glam-rock band known for spitting blood, breathing fire, and wearing elaborate make-up.
Kiss fans say that “Outlaw Pete”, the opening track on Springsteen's new album, Working on a Dream, bears a strong similarity to “I Was Made for Lovin' You”, a 1979 track by Kiss.
After noting seemingly identical guitar riffs and drum sequences, fans moved on to YouTube, where clips juxtaposing the two tracks have drawn thousands of hits and fuelled angry exchanges between rival fans. Music critics have also noted the similarities but neither Kiss or Springsteen have commented.
Springsteen and the E-Street Band are set to play a second night in Dublin this July after tickets for the first show sold out last week.