Bruce Springsteen Suggests He’ll Move to Australia if Trump Wins

Bruce Springsteen predicted President Trump won’t win the 2020 election — but the rocker is willing to leave the country if he’s proven wrong.

“If Trump is reelected — which he will not be; I’m predicting right now he’s gonna lose — if by some happenstance he should be, I’ll see you on the next plane [to Australia],” Springsteen told Daily Telegraph (per The Hill).

Springsteen — who will release his new album with the E Street Band, Letter to You, on Oct. 23 — has famously criticized Trump throughout the president’s first term. He previously called the Republican “deeply damaged” and also argued he “doesn’t have a grasp of the deep meaning of what it means to be an American.”

He addressed Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a June broadcast on the E Street Radio SiriusXM station: “With all respect, sir, show some consideration and care for your countrymen and your country. Put on a fucking mask.”

Motley Crue‘s Tommy Lee has likewise claimed that he’s ready to flee the U.S. if Trump is reelected. “Dude, I swear to god if that happens then I’m coming over to visit the U.K. I’m out of here,” Lee told the British newspaper The Big Issue “I’ll go back to my motherland, go back to Greece and get a house on one of the islands.”

This week, both Phil Collins and John Fogerty joined a growing list of rock stars who issued cease-and-desist orders to the Trump campaign for using songs without permission.

Trump played Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s “Fortunate Son” in September before a campaign rally in Michigan, and Fogerty responded Friday via Twitter.

“I object to the President using my song ‘Fortune Son’ in any way for his campaign,” Fogerty wrote. “He is using my words and my voice to portray a message that I do not endorse. Therefore, I am issuing a ‘cease and desist’ order. I wrote this song because, as a veteran, I was disgusted that some people were allowed to be excluded from serving our country because they had access to political and financial privilege. I also wrote about wealthy people not paying their fair share of taxes. Mr. Trump is a prime example of both of these issues.”

Collins’ camp responded after the president played “In the Air Tonight” during an Iowa rally on Wednesday. “Yes we are well aware of the Trump campaign’s use of this song,” a representative told Consequence of Sound, “and we have already issued a ‘cease and desist’ letter via our lawyers who continue to monitor the situation.”
 
 

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Tommy Lee Says He’ll Leave the Country if Trump Is Re-Elected

Tommy Lee claims he’s prepared to move away from America if Donald Trump is re-elected for a second term.

“Dude, I swear to god if that happens then I’m coming over to visit the U.K.,” the Motley Crue drummer proclaimed during an interview with British newspaper The Big Issue. “I’m out of here. I’ll go back to my motherland, go back to Greece and get a house on one of the islands.”

Lee further explained that he believes Trump makes all Americans look bad to the rest of the world. “The thing that stings the most is that I feel like we’re embarrassing,” the rocker opined. “I feel like people in Europe and the rest of the world look at America and think: ‘What the fuck are you guys doing over there? Stop voting for celebrities and get someone real to run the country.’”

This is not the first time that Lee has openly criticized Trump. The rocker has previously slammed the president for his response to California wildfires in 2018, and later denounced the commander-in-chief for his handling of 2020’s coronavirus pandemic. Lee was also among the celebrities to ridicule Trump after the president tweeted his congratulations to the wrong state following the 2020 Super Bowl.

More recently, Lee has been focussing his attention on Andro, his solo LP due out Oct. 16. The rocker also expressed enthusiasm for his return to live concerts, once it’s safe to perform for crowds again.

“I can just imagine what it’s going to be like being on stage with that many people and that energy when it’s okay to be together again,” the drummer proclaimed. “It’s going to be priceless – that kind of energy I’m probably never going to see again in my lifetime. Can you imagine what that’s going to be like? Holy shit!”

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Sex Pistols John Lydon Says Trump is ‘Only Sensible Choice’

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon, better known by his stage name Johnny Rotten, has announced he’ll be voting for Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election.

“I’d be daft as a brush not to,” the rocker explained during an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Observer. “He’s the only sensible choice now that Biden is up – he’s incapable of being the man at the helm.”

The thoughts echo similar statements Lydon gave to the BBC earlier in the week. “Of course I’m voting for Trump,” the singer affirmed. “Bad person or not. I don’t want a politician running this world anymore.”

“He’s an individual thinker, I’ll give him that for a start,” Lydon said of the controversial president. “He’s not the most lovable fellow on God’s earth, but I cannot see the opposition as offering me anything by way of a solution.”

Though Lydon – who became an American citizen in 2013 – has previously supported Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, he points to the economy as his reason for backing Trump. The rocker – who proudly owns a MAGA hat – is also sympathetic to accusations that Trump is a racist.

“I’ve been accused of the very same thing,” Lydon noted to The Observer, “so I’m offended for anybody who’s called that.”

The punk icon went on to note that he is “anti-racism,” offering thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement and the killing of George Floyd. “There’s not anyone I know anywhere that wouldn’t say that wasn’t ghastly,” the musician declared of Floyd’s death. “It doesn’t mean all police are nasty or all white folk are racist. Because all lives matter.”

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Trump Reportedly Calls ‘November Rain’ the ‘Greatest Music Video’

Axl Rose may be a frequent critic of Donald Trump, but that hasn’t stopped the president from being a huge fan of Guns N’ Roses‘ “November Rain” video. He reportedly even made staffers watch it in the Oval Office.

This nugget of information was discovered by White House reporter Jennifer Jacobs, who found it in former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ recently published book, Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House.

After parts of the band’s 1991 epic were heard at Trump’s Michigan rally last week, Jacobs tweeted a photo of the appropriate page.

In her book, Sanders writes that, in early 2018, she and former White House communications director Hope Hicks had met with Trump: “The president told Hope and me in the Oval he wanted the classic Guns N’ Roses song ‘November Rain’ added to his rally playlist. He told us it was the ‘greatest music video of all time,’ and made us watch it to prove his point, even though neither of us had disagreed.”

As protests took place across the country after the killing of George Floyd in June, Rose accused Trump of trying to “foment hatred [and] anarchy,” and called him a “truly bad, repulsive excuse [for] a person [with] a sick agenda.”

It was one of the most visceral attacks by Rose, who has also criticized Trump’s response to the 2018 California wildfires and said that the White House was “the current U.S. gold standard of what can be considered disgraceful.”

The singer has also expressed his displeasure with Vice President Mike Pence, First Lady Melania Trump, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions III over the past few years.

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John Fogerty Finds Trump’s Use of ‘Fortunate Son’ ‘Confounding’

Singer John Fogerty admitted he finds president Donald Trump’s use of the song “Fortunate Son” at political rallies “confounding.”

The rocker’s statement came via a video uploaded to his Instagram page.

“Recently, the president has been using my song, ‘Fortunate Son,’ for his political rallies, which I find confounding to say the least,” Fogerty asserts in the clip, while seated in his home studio. The rocker goes on to explain that he originally wrote the classic Creedence Clearwater Revival tune following his own stint serving in the military.

“Back in those days we still had a draft and something I was very upset about was the fact that people of privilege, in other words rich people, or people that had a position could use that to avoid the draft and not be taken into the military,” he explained. “I found it very upsetting that such a thing could occur and that’s why I wrote ‘Fortunate Son.’”

Fogerty then went on to quote the song’s famous opening lines: “Some folks are born, made to wave the flag / Ooh they’re red, white and blue / But when the band plays Hail to the Chief / they point the cannon at you.”

“That is exactly what happened recently in Lafayette Park when the president decided to take a walk across the park, he cleared out the area using federal troops so that he could stand in front of St. John’s Church with a Bible,” the rocker declared. “It’s a song I could have written now. And so I find it confusing… that the president has chosen to use my song for his political rallies, when in fact it seems like he is probably the Fortunate Son.”

Watch Fogerty’s video in full below.

The rocker’s criticism comes as Trump has had to defend his stance on the military, following accusations that the president referred to servicemen who died in battle as “losers” and “suckers.” Trump himself was drafted into the army five times, but avoided service because of college enrollment and bone spurs.

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Ace Frehley: "I’m a Trump Supporter"

Add Ace Frehley to the list of rock stars who support President Trump.

The former Kiss guitarist shared his opinion during an appearance on The Cassius Morris Show, shortly after noting that he tries to stay away from politics as much as possible.

John Lennon got involved with politics, and look what happened to John Lennon. I don’t think politics and rock and roll mix, in my opinion. I try to stay away from that as much as I can. …I will say I’m a Trump supporter. All the politicians have had skeletons in the closet, but I think that Trump is the strongest leader that we’ve got, you know, on the table.”

You can see Frehley’s comments at the 20 minute mark of the video below.

They echo and amplify statements he made about the President back in 2018. “Whether you love him or hate him, if you’re an American and you’re a patriot, you should get behind your president,” Frehley declared. “He was elected. We live under the Constitution of the United States, and you’re supposed to support your president. Love him or hate him, you’re supposed to support him, or go move to another country.”

Frehley’s former Kiss bandmate Paul Stanley has been openly critical of Trump on Twitter recently, calling the President’s comments about the upcoming election potentially being rigged against him “an insult to those who have fought for the free, safe elections that we have,” and accusing the real estate mogul turned politician of implying “that citizens who don’t share your views are the enemy.”

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‘House of the Rising Sun’ Suits Trump ‘Perfectly’ – Eric Burdon

Eric Burdon became the latest rock artist to react to President Donald Trump using his music at political rallies – but the Animals singer’s approach was unusual.

Burdon said that, like many others, his permission wasn’t sought to play classic track “House of the Rising Sun” in Wilmington, NC, last week. U.S. venue licensing laws usually include blanket allowance to use recorded material, although many musicians object to appearing to be connected to political events through no action on their own part.

“Even though nobody asked my permission, I wasn’t surprised to learn that Trump used ‘House of the Rising Sun’ for his rally the other day,” Burdon wrote on Instagram, accompanying his message with a picture of him wearing a face mask with “Vote” written across it. He added: “A tale of sin and misery set in a brothel suits him so perfectly! Far more appropriate for this time in our history might be ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place.’” His post also included the hashtags #864511320 – which means “nix the 45th President on Nov. 30, 2020” – #vote, #saveourdemocracy and #bidenharris2020.

Last month, Queen said they were engaged in an “uphill battle” to prevent Trump from using their music, with the politician having played tracks such as “We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You” for a number of years.

Responding to the latest incident, where Trump used “We Will Rock You” on the Triller platform without permission – which represents a breach of copyright laws – the band’s management said they had “repeatedly taken issue with the Trump campaign” and that they “continue to oppose the try to block usage of their sings.”

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