Rolling Stones, Queen, the George Harrison & Pavarotti’s estates, all mad that Donald Trump used their music
Queen were just the first to take umbrage in a week full of reportedly unauthorized musical appropriation. We mentioned the Rolling Stones above, and they were angered again when Trump used "You Can't Always Get What You Want" to close the convention (which seems ironic?), despite the fact that they issued a cease-and-desist letter earlier this year. They quickly responded on the internet:
This particular disagreement is particularly funny because of a story that made the rounds earlier this year, in which Keith Richards pulled a knife on Donald Trump back in 1989. Playing a Trump-sponsored show in Atlantic City, the Stones agreed to it by forbidding Trump to promote or even be present at the concert, since the Stones didn't want to be publicly affiliated with him. Once he showed up, Keith, well, out came the blade.
And the estate of none other than the late Luciano Pavarotti released a statement from Italy, according to Reuters, after Trump used the aria from "Nessun Dorma" during the convention, as he has for much of his campaign. "As members of his immediate family, we would like to recall that the values of brotherhood and solidarity which Luciano Pavarotti expressed throughout the course of his artistic career are entirely incompatible with the world view offered by the candidate Donald Trump," goes the statement.
It seems like Trump is running out of material. He should probably stick to Megadeth and Ted Nugent at this point.
For some much-needed sanity, you can check out Jon Stewart's triumphant return to the desk on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and watch Late Night With Seth Meyers take on Trump's acceptance speech, below.