Freddie Mercury and Brian May of Queen in 1985; Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has used the rock band Queen’s “We Are the Champions” before as part of his campaign. The band didn’t like it then, and they still don’t.
Back in June, Queen guitarist Brian May expressed his displeasure with Donald Trump‘s use of the 1977 hit, saying, “It has always been against our policy to allow Queen music to be used as a political campaigning tool.”
Trump’s use of the song again Monday night at the Republican National Convention drew a response this time from Queen’s official Twitter, which tweeted, “An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes.”
However, current Queen frontman Adam Lambert was more direct. The singer, who’s gay, posted a photo of late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who was also gay, with following caption: “If your political party spends decades treating gay people as second-class citizens, guess what: you don’t get to use Freddie Mercury’s music at your convention.”
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) July 19, 2016
Mercury died in 1991 of AIDS-related pneumonia at age 45.
Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.