Queen’s Brian May has already addressed Donald Trump’s use of “We Are the Champions.” He wrote about it on his website on June 8th, after our old pal Martin Lewis tipped off Queen’s manager Jim Beach:
“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. 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.
But Trump used the song tonight anyway. He played it as he walked out on stage and at the end of Melania’s tribute to “Green Acres.” Not sure if Republicans and Trump realize Queen’s Freddie Mercury was gay and died of AIDS.
PS Howard Kaylan of the Turtles isn’t amused that Trump also used “Happy Together” tonight on the convention.
We never approved this use.
Now we call the lawyers
— Howard Kaylan (@howardkaylan) July 18, 2016