‘Unsavoury’ Trump didn’t ask permission to use ‘We Are The Champions’
Queen guitarist Brian May has denied Donald Trump permission to use Queen’s music at his rallies, after the Presidential hopeful aired ‘We Are The Champions’ as his entrance music at a recent speech.
May said he had received “an avalanche of complaints” from Queen fans who believed the band had given Trump permission to use the band’s 1977 song. May wrote on his website: “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.”
May added that “It has always been against Queen policy” to allow any of their music to be used by any political figures. In a separate response on his website, May told a fan: “I will make sure we take what steps we can to disassociate ourselves from Donald Trump’s unsavoury campaign.”
May is just the latest in a long line of musicians to order Trump not to use their music. The Rolling Stones, Adele, REM, Neil Young, Aerosmith and Twisted Sister have all similarly refused the Republican party candidate permission.
Queen headline Isle Of Wight Festival on Saturday with Adam Lambert singing in place of the late Freddie Mercury.