Does this look like a guy who would approve of the Trump campaign using his music at superspreader rallies? Nope.
While many artists have objected to the use of their songs on Trump’s campaign trail, Neil Young filed an actual lawsuit in August over Trump’s use of “Rockin’ In The Free World.”
John Fogerty sent a cease-and-desist letter over the use of Creedance Clearwater Revival’s song “Fortunate Son,” saying he was baffled why Trump would use a song that could have been a direct insult to him.
Bruce Springstein objected to the use of “Born in the USA” by the campaign. Again, confusing, when it was intended as an indictment of the treatment of Vietnam veterans, some of whom probably served with actual bonespurs.
Others who have objected to their music used at Trump Superspreader Rallies etc
- Phil Collins for “In the Air Tonight” — What, coronavirus?
- Tom Petty’s family for “I Won’t Back Down”
- Prince’s estate for “Purple Rain”
- Leonard Cohen’s estate for “Hallelujah” at the RNC
- The Rolling Stones for “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
- George Harrison’s heirs for “Here Comes The Sun”
- Adele for “Rolling In The Deep” and “Skyfall”
- Pharrell Williams for “Happy”
- Panic! At The Disco’s “High Hopes”
- Rihanna for “Don’t Stop the Music”
- Axl Rose for Guns ‘N Roses’ “Sweet Child ‘O Mine”
- REM — Whose message for Trump was “Please know that we do not condone the use of our music by this fraud and con man” for playing “Losing My Religion,” “Everybody Hurts,” and “It’s The End of the World As We Know It”
So as we celebrate (AT THE VERY LEAST!!) the end of the road for the superspreader campaign rallies and incessant advertising, you’re invited to share what music you are hearing in your head that signifies the beginning of the end, the beginning of a fresh start, or maybe the anxiety provoked by the bad orange Fat Elvis.
Yep, musical YouTubes welcome here, let’s see what you’ve got.
Cheers, it’ll be a Witch’s Brew for me tonight, a warm-up for Halloween!