WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Panic! at the Disco was not happy about the Trump Campaign using their music.
- Brendon Urie posted about his displeasure on social media, encouraging his followers to vote out the president from office this November.
- Other musicians either distanced themselves from the campaign or threatened legal action over the use of their music without authorization.
Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie expressed his displeasure after one of the band’s songs was used in President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign event in Phoenix. High Hopes was used without authorization from the band and played for the president as he walked onstage.
“Dear Trump campaign,” the musician posted on social media. “F— you. You’re not invited. Stop playing my song.”
He continued and said that the president “represents nothing we stand for,” encouraging his followers to vote in a follow-up tweet.
“The highest hope we have is voting this monster out in November. Please do your part,” he said.
Urie included an online link to HeadCount on the thread. HeadCount is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to use “the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy.
This is not the first time that the singer shared his low opinions about the president. Urie called the president “a f—ing asshole” who is “encroaching on people’s rights” in an interview with Kerrang.
Trump campaign also played 1989 hit I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty in Tulsa, Oklahoma for his reelection campaign. Tom Petty’s family has issued a formal cease-and-desist notice to the president, demanding that he discontinue using the music of the late muscian for his reelection campaigns.
“Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind. Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together. We believe in America and we believe in democracy. But Donald Trump is not representing the noble ideals of either,” the statement reads. “We would hate for fans that are marginalized by this administration to think we were complicit in this usage.”
This has happened before, other musicians threatening the president with legal action over the use of their music without their authorization. Adele, Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Rihanna and Elton John have either distanced themselves from Trump’s campaign or threatened legal action. However, this situation is more complex with performing rights organizations’ fair-use provisions. Trump campaign continues playing music from artists who oppose the president.