Queen to Trump: We won’t rock you
Another musical act has put Donald Trump under pressure for using a song at an official campaign event or rally without permission.
British rock band Queen is exploring legal options to prevent the Trump campaign from using the track “We Are The Champions” after the presumptive Republican presidential nominee walked out on stage to it before his speech on Tuesday night.
Lead guitarist Brian May confirmed in a statement posted on his personal website that they were seeking legal advice because of “an avalanche” of complaints from fans.
“My personal reaction to Donald Trump using our music? We’d never give permission,” he wrote Wednesday. “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.”
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
May later described the Trump campaign as “unsavory” in response to a fan letter also posted on brianmay.com about the issue.
Queen is the latest in a series of bands and artists who have tried to distance themselves from the presidential candidate, including fellow rockers the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith.
In February, British singer Adele objected to Trump playing her songs, “Skyfall” and “Rolling in the Deep”.
A spokesperson told CNN, “Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning.”