Queen guitarist Brian May told Donald Trump to bite the dust because he will not rock him.
On May’s personal website he wrote this statement, telling the Trump campaign it was not welcome to the use of the band’s song “We Are The Champions” ever again.
I’ve had an avalanche of complaints about Donald Trump using our We Are The Champions track as his ‘theme’ song on USA TV. This is not an official Queen statement, but I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given. We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue. Regardless of our views on Mr Trump’s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool. Our music embodies our own dreams and beliefs, but it is for all who care to listen and enjoy.
Quite a few other bands and musical performers also have refused Trump permission to use their songs, including the Rolling Stones, Adele, Aerosmith and REM’s Michael Stipe.
Stipe actually said this last September after Trump played “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” at a rally:
“Go f–k yourselves, the lot of you – you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men.”
Following Stipe’s comment, REM bassist Mike Mills wrote this on his Twitter account:
Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.
In 2015 Neil Young said that he would not have granted Trump permission to use “Rockin’ in the Free World” for his campaign announcement. Young has since but he has since relented, saying Trump had acquired a license to do so.
David Crosby, Young’s former band member was not pleased that decision. Crosby played it cool and instead of saying something mean about it, he simply posted this comment about Young’s decision on his Twitter account:
“Everybody makes mistakes sometimes. There’s one.”
It would seem that Brian May has been wondering “Is This The World We Created?” I think he’s just going to wait for the “Hammer to Fall” on the Trump campaign. And while Trump’s “The Show Must Go On” through the November election, America will be “Doin’ All Right” once he loses. (And yes, I went there.)
One thing can be certain, Freddie Mercury would be so proud!
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