Singer issues statement saying he does not support its use
Jon Bon Jovi has issued a statement saying he did not approve the use of his song ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home’ by Republican vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin.
Palin, the controversial Alaskan native, has been using the track during her political rallies, despite the fact that Bon Jovi did not want her to.
According to nymag.com, Bon Jovi released a statement today (October 15) saying: “We wrote this song as a thank you to those who have supported us over the past 25 years. The song has since become a banner for our home state of New Jersey and the defacto theme song for our partnerships around the country to build homes and rebuild communities. Although we were not asked, we do not approve of their use of ‘…Home’.”
Jon Bon Jovi appared on the final season of US TV show ‘The West Wing’ in 2006, on the campaign bus of the Democratic nominee for President in the show, Matt Santos, played by Jimmy Smits.
As previously reported, Heart last month sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Republican Party in the US after Palin used a song of theirs during her appearance at the Republican National Convention.
Heart singers Ann and Nancy Wilson say that the Republicans did not ask for permission to use their track ‘Barracuda’. The Wilsons asked the party not to use the song again, and say they would not have allowed it to be used in the first place.
The Republicans were sued by Jackson Browne in August, after they reportedly used his song ‘Running On Empty’ in an ad for Presidential candidate John McCain.
–By our New York staff.
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