Regardless of your opinion of Donald Trump, there’s no denying the guy knows how to make an entrance, which he proved in spectacular style during Monday night’s TV coverage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, when the lights dimmed and the presumptive nominee staged a dramatic walk-on while Queen’s anti-loser anthem “We Are the Champions” played as his personal soundtrack.
If you were one of the many viewers who watched this spectacle and wondered, “Gee, did the members of Queen agree to let Trump use their iconic hit?” the answer is no, no they did not.
In fact, the band noted this fact in a terse message from the official Queen Twitter account, stating Trump’s “unauthorized” use of the song was “against our wishes.”
Queen guitarist Brian May followed that up on his personal website to clarify that “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 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.”