UK singers, others complain about Trump’s use of music
London — The estate of former Beatle George Harrison is complaining about the use of his music at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Harrison’s family tweeted Friday that the use of the song “Here Comes the Sun” during the introduction of candidate Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka was not authorized and was “offensive and against the wishes of the George Harrison estate.”
Rocker Paul Rodgers also complained about the use of his “All Right Now” at the climax of Trump’s speech.
Earlier in the convention, Queen guitarist Brian May and the band Queen complained about the use of the band’s 1977 hit “We Are the Champions” during a Trump convention appearance.
A newspaper in the Italian town where Luciano Pavarotti lived says the late tenor’s loved ones were also unhappy that the Trump campaign played one of his signature arias, “Nessun Dorma.” The Gazzetta di Modena on Thursday quoted Pavarotti’s widow, Nicoletta Mantovani Pavarotti, and other family members as saying in a statement that the “values of brotherhood and solidarity” that Pavarotti expressed in his career “are incompatible with the world vision proposed” by Trump.
During the U.S. primary season, both the Rolling Stones and Adele complained that the Trump campaign was using their songs without permission.