Tom Petty Estate Issues Statement, Cease and Desist After ‘I Won’t Back Down’ is Played at President Trump’s Rally


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On Saturday, President Trump held a campaign rally in Tulsa, Ok., and at one point, “I Won’t Back Down,” the classic track from Tom Petty, was played over the arena’s speakers as the president took the stage.

The song, released by Petty as the lead single from his 1989 solo album Full Moon Fever, is one of the legendary singer/songwriter‘s signature compositions — and the Petty estate was not pleased to hear it at the president’s rally.

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Shortly after news of the song’s performance made it to the internet, a statement was issued by Adria, Annakim, Dana and Jane Petty strongly condemning the song’s appearance at the rally:

“Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind.

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.

“Tom wrote this song for the underdog, for the common man and for EVERYONE. We want to make it clear that we believe everyone is free to vote as they like, think as they like, but 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. We would hate for fans that are marginalized by this administration to think we were complicit in this usage.”

The statement continues, culminating in the family confirming that it has sent an official cease-and-desist notice to the Trump campaign regarding the playing of Petty’s music.

The full statement:


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