Rock band Queen (my favourite band as you probably know by now) have lodged the latest protest against Donald Trump. The presidential candidate played the band’s famous 1970s anthem ‘We Are the Champions’ at the Republican National Convention.
The song was used without the consent of the band and Donald Trump took the stage with ‘We Are the Champions’ playing in the background, walking through a cloud of dry ice on Monday.
The Queen guitarist, Brian May has said that, whatever Queen’s views on Mr. Trump, it did not allow politicians to play Queen songs. The song was written Freddie Mercury and was released on 7th October 1977 on the News of the World album. It is one of the most recognisable Queen songs and is played at many sporting events.
Adam Lambert, is currently performing Queen on tour, has been much more up front with his opinions. He is quoted as saying, “If your political party spends decades treating gay people as second class citizens, then guess what: You don’t get to use Freddie Mercury’s music at your convention,” Lambert, who is also gay, expressed his opinions on Twitter.
Other musicians and artists have had their music played by Donald Trump including the Rolling Stones, REM, Neil Young and even Adele. if you want the video you can here another song just fading out at the start of the video… so Queen were not the only artists who’s music was used without permission.
What I don’t understand is why these artists don’t sue Donald Trump for usage etc. I really dislike the attitude currently being displayed by Donald Trump in this regard. Blatantly playing copyright protected music without first seeking permission.
What do you think? Should these artists be upset about the music being used. Or is it just a case that the music is getting some extra publicity. I’m not sure if it is related but Queen Greatest Hits 1 is at position 72 in the UK album charts , up 14 places from last week when it was in 86 position …. Coincidence?