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Queen song We Are The Champions 'used at Trump rally without permission'

Published 19/07/2016

Brian May is lead guitarist of the band Queen, who claim they did not allow Donald Trump to use their song
Brian May is lead guitarist of the band Queen, who claim they did not allow Donald Trump to use their song

British rock band Queen are not happy with Donald Trump's "unauthorised use" of one of their songs during his campaign to try to become the US President.

Their hit We Are The Champions was used to introduce Trump on stage to cheering crowds at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

In a statement, the band said: "An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes - Queen".

The song was played again when Trump's wife Melania stepped on stage to give a speech, which was later mired in controversy over claims that parts of it were plagiarised from Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

Queen are among a line-up of top-selling music stars who want to be off Trump's campaign playlist.

Adele's hits Rolling In The Deep and Skyfall were played at Trump's political rallies earlier this year, prompting her spokesman to point out she had not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning.

Lawyers for Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler have sent a cease and desist letter to Trump's campaign committee, which said Trump did "not have our client's permission to use Dream On" or any of Tyler's other songs and that it "gives the false impression that he is connected with, or endorses, Mr Trump's presidential bid", according to reports.

REM frontman Michael Stipe was furious after the band's song It's the End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) was played at a rally.

In an interview in September, he said: "Go f*** yourselves, the lot of you - you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign."

The band also released a statement that said: "While we do not authorise or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here.

"The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current presidential campaign."

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