Brian May has followed in the footsteps of REM and Neil Young by becoming the latest rocker to complain about Donald Trump’s use of his music.
On Tuesday, having triumphed in the final round of presidential primaries, the Republican presumptive nominee walked on stage at his televised victory conference to the strains of “We Are The Champions”, by Queen, earning the wrath of the band’s guitarist.
“This is not an official Queen statement, but I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given. We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this use does not continue”.
“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. Our music embodies our own dreams and beliefs, but it is for all who care to listen and enjoy”.
May had been responding to fans who had written to him, drawing his attention to Trump’s use of the song. He also commented beneath the letters, saying: “I will make sure we take what steps we can to dissociate ourselves from Donald Trump’s unsavoury campaign”.