Brian May, the founding member of the rock band Queen, asked presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump to not use their songs after the latter played “We are the Champions” at a victory rally earlier this week.
“This is not an official Queen statement, but I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given,” May wrote on his website. “We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue.” The song was played on Tuesday after the final GOP primaries ahead of a speech.
“Regardless of our views on Mr. Trump‘s platform, it has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool,” May said. “Our music embodies our own dreams and beliefs, but it is for all who care to listen and enjoy.”
May added that the band received an “avalanche” of complaints about Trump using the song at his rally. He said that the complaints can be read at the “Letters” section of the website, the Mirror reported.
One of the fans wrote, “I cannot see any correlation between the music Queen produced supporting a man who has turned our country upside down.” Another person also said that he hoped that Trump would “immediately” cease using the band’s music at his rallies. He added that it is awful to see that such beautiful songs are being used to uphold the hateful ideas.
Though the band Queen has no legal authority to desist politicians from using their songs, Trump might still be reluctant to use the songs by the music stars who publicly opposed him. However, on a previous occasion, May had allowed an anti-Trump group to use his music in an online video, the Daily Mail reported.
Queen is not the first band to protest the use of their song at a Trump rally. Adele, Rolling Stones, REM, Aerosmith, and Neil Young complained about the use of their songs by Trump, News.com.au reported.