Bon Jovi, it should be noted, hosted a big well-publicized fund-raising dinner for Barack Obama at his house. So it’s not like John McCain‘s camp didn’t know better.
Bon Jovi’s statement to TMZ reads: “We are surprised to hear that our song, "Who Says You Can’t Go Home" was used by the McCain campaign at rallies yesterday and today. We wrote this song as a thank you to those who have supported us over the past twenty-five years. The song has since become a banner for our home state of New Jersey and the defacto theme song for our partnerships around the country to build homes and rebuild communities. Although we have not asked, we do not approve of their use of ‘Home.’ "
Bon Jovi’s not alone. Other musicians who have complained about McCain’s campaign using their songs include Heart, the Foo Fighters, John Mellencamp and Jackson Browne.
Do you think politicians should get permission before using musicians’ music to provide a soundtrack for their campaign rallies?
Shouldn’t there be a law against this?
It’s way worse than bootlegging or downloading for free, seems to me.
Photo: Jon Bon Jovi at the Philadelphia Soul Championship Parade in July 2008