The rather bizarre American Republican Party conference which has seen the coronation of Donald Trump and looks more like a wrestling competition than a party political conference has been featuring the Queen classic We Are The Champions as Trump’s intro music.
The band are not happy and have released a second statement about the use of the track with the band’s guitar player Brian May asking Trump not to use their song during their rallies as the band does not endorse Trump or the Republican party.
last month May had released a statement where he said he didn’t want Trump to use the song and even if he wasn’t making an official statement and this was more of a personal plea.
Not surprisingly this fell on deaf ears and the song was used again at the Republican Convention sparking 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.”
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.’
But can a band tell people who can and cannot use their songs?