At Trump’s campaign rally in Phoenix yesterday, Panic at the Disco’s 2018 hit “High Hopes” was used, without the band’s knowledge or consent, to pump up the crowd.
Frontman Brendon Urie was rightfully FURIOUS and took to Twitter to blast the president.
Dear Trump Campaign,— Brendon Urie (@brendonurie) June 24, 2020
Fuck you. You’re not invited. Stop playing my song.
Brendon Urie, Panic! At The Disco & company.
He then went on to link to the nonpartisan org HeadCount, which uses “the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy.” The org’s mission is to reach young people and music fans and inform them and empower them.
Dear Everyone Else,— Brendon Urie (@brendonurie) June 24, 2020
Donald Trump represents nothing we stand for. The highest hope we have is voting this monster out in November.
Please do your part: https://t.co/JX8GynZduq
The family released a statement, saying, “Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind.” The statement went on to say, “Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.”
(via TMZ; photo: Avalon )