Queen’s song publishers gave issued a statement saying the GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump did not have permission to use the group’s 1977 classic, “We Are The Champions” during his entrance at the Republican National Convention on Monday night (July 18th). Ultimate Classic Rock reported that Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which controls the rights to Queen’s music said, quote: “Sony/ATV Music Publishing has never been asked by Mr. Trump, the Trump campaign or the Trump Organization for permission to use ‘We Are the Champions’ by Queen. On behalf of the band, we are frustrated by the repeated unauthorized use of the song after a previous request to desist, which has obviously been ignored by Mr. Trump and his campaign.”
The statement went on to read: “Queen does not want its music associated with any mainstream or political debate in any country. Nor does Queen want ‘We Are the Champions’ to be used as an endorsement of Mr. Trump and the political views of the Republican Party. We trust, hope and expect that Mr. Trump and his campaign will respect these wishes moving forward.”
Queen tweeted on it’s official account: “An unauthorized use at the Republican Convention against our wishes.”
Back in June, guitarist Brian May addressed Trump’s frequent use of the song, posting on his official website, BrianMay.com, “My personal reaction to Donald Trump using our music . . . We’d never give permission. 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.”
Over the course of his campaign Trump has had the Rolling Stones (“Start Me Up,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” and “Brown Sugar”), Steven Tyler (“Dream On”), and Neil Young (“Rockin’ In The Free World”) all tell him very publicly that they do not want him using their songs.
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