Queen Gave Donald Trump The Smackdown About Using Their Music During His Campaign

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06.09.16

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At this point, Donald Trump should just stick to Ted Nugent and Kid Rock songs. They’re just about the only musicians who aren’t going to raise a fuss when their music gets co-opted by a racist demagogue. Legendary rockers Queen are the latest to join the long list of artists who aren’t cool with The Donald using their music. Trump used the band’s “We Are the Champions” to soundtrack his victory speech following the final Republican primaries, leading guitarist Brian May to deliver a smackdown on his own personal website.

Check out his full statement below.

“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.”

If Brian’s looking for his next step, trust that we have him covered.

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