Adele did it. So did The Rolling Stones. Oh, also Neil Young, R.E.M., and Aerosmith.
Now, Brian May of Queen is telling Donald Trump that he must stop using Queen’s music while staging his increasingly grotesque political theater.
Answering a letter from a concerned fan regarding Trump’s recent use of “We Are The Champions,” May responded:
We certainly have not approved this use of WATC – I will make sure we take what steps we can to dissociate ourselves from Donald Trump’s unsavory campaign.”
Later, he issued a statement:
I’ve had an avalanche of complaints – some of which you can see in our ‘LETTERS’ page – 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.”