Band say they don’t endorse Trump or the Republican Party
Queen have issued a second statement expressing their frustration against Donald Trump using their 1977 single ‘We Are The Champions’ at his rallies.
The Republican Presidential candidate used the song when he appeared at the party’s National Convention in Cleveland on Monday (July 18).
In a statement, Queen said they are “frustrated” at Trump’s “repeated unauthorised use of the song”.
It comes a month after guitarist Brian May said that permission for Trump to use ‘We Are The Champions’ “was neither sought nor given”. At the time, May said his anger at Trump was personal and that he was “not making an official statement”.
After the song was used again at the Convention, a statement by Queen’s publishers Sony/ATV Music issued by Queen’s manager said: “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’. 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 continued: “Queen do not want their music associated with any mainstream or political debate in any country. Nor do 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.”