After sweeping Tuesday’s Republican primaries, Donald Trump walked onstage for his victory speech to the sounds of Queen’s “We Are the Champions.” However, Queen guitarist Brian May made it clear in a note posted on his personal website that the presidential candidate did not have permission to use the 1977 anthem.
“I’ve had an avalanche of complaints – some of which you can see in our ‘LETTERS’ page – about Donald Trump using our ‘We Are The Champions’ track as his ‘theme’ song on USA TV,” May wrote on Wednesday. “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.”
Responding to one of the aforementioned fan letters, May wrote, “we certainly have not approved this use of WATC – I will make sure we take what steps we can to dissociate ourselves from Donald Trump’s unsavoury campaign.”