Queen are the latest band to take on US President Donald Trump, forcing the politician to take down a campaign video which featured ‘We Will Rock You’ on its soundtrack.
Even if you’re not politically-minded, you would likely be aware by now that there’s a growing number of musicians who aren’t terribly fond of Donald Trump.
Sure, we’ve seen musicians like Axl Rose, Rihanna, and more protest the use of their music at his rallies, while the estate of Prince recently proved that Trump’s campaign team reneged on a promise to no longer play tunes like ‘Purple Rain’.
However, these musical battles have even found their way over onto the Twittersphere as well, with big names like R.E.M. and Nickelback taking issue with Trump’s use of their music in videos that he shared to his followers.
While most of these previous run-ins have resulted in the videos being taken offline, it seems that this trend has now continued, with iconic rock outfit Queen becoming the latest band to take Trump to task.
As Buzzfeed News reports, Donald Trump shared a video to his Twitter feed last Wednesday which reportedly featured footage of him speaking at rallies, while being soundtracked by Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ in its entirety.
A representative for Queen soon revealed that the band was taking action, noting that they had “already entered into a process to call for non use of Queen song copyrights by the Trump campaign.”
Check out the now-deleted Tweet in question:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2019
It seems like the copyright process worked its magic rather quickly though, with the video being removed by Sunday and being replaced by a message that notes that the “media has been disabled in response to a report by copyright owner.”
Despite this, the video appears to have gained quite a following in the few days it was online, reportedly gaining more than 1.7 million views, as per Rolling Stone.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Queen had rumbled with Donald Trump over music usage, having complained that usage of ‘We Are The Champions’ at the 2016 Republican Convention was “unauthorised” and “against our wishes”.
In related news, Queen are set to return to Australia early next year for their first tour of the country since 2018. Check out all the details below.
Check out ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen:
Queen Rhapsody Australian Tour 2020
Thursday, February 13th, 2020
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday, February 15th, 2020
ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
Optus Stadium, Perth, WA
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA
Saturday, February 29th, 2020
Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast, QLD
Tickets on sale via Ticketek