Tom Petty’s family denounces use of song at Trump rally
Tom Petty’s family members demanded President Trump stop using the late rock legend’s 1989 song “I Won’t Back Down” after it was played at a Tulsa, Okla., rally Saturday evening, saying the family “doesn’t stand for this.”
“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 reads, adding that the family has issued a cease and desist notice to the campaign. “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.”
The statement goes on to say that while “everyone is free to vote as they like,” the Petty family “doesn’t stand for this.”
“We believe in America and we believe in democracy. But Donald Trump is not representing the noble ideals of either,” the statement reads. “We would hate for fans that are marginalized by this administration to think we were complicit in this usage.”
Petty died in 2017.
— Tom Petty (@tompetty) June 21, 2020
Several other musicians, including Adele, Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Rihanna and Elton John have either disavowed Trump’s use of their music at campaign events or threatened legal action over it.