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Jon Bon Jovi doesn’t want GOP using his song

Add Bon Jovi to the growing list of famous bands irked that the McCain-Palin campaign is using their songs at events.

Jon Bon Jovi, who gave a $30,000 plate dinner for Barack Obama in his own home, issued a statement about his song “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” being played at McCain-Palin rallies:

“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 were not asked, we do not approve of their use of ‘Home.'”

So now Heart, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp and Jackson Browne have balked over the GOP playing their music.

Heart to GOP: stop using “Barracuda”!

Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, whom I have met, thank you very much, wrote a cease and desist letter to the Republican Party on Thursday afternoon, telling them they better stop playing “Barracuda” while Sarah Palin walks to and fro the stage.

The sisters told the GOP:

The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission.

Yet, that evening the GOP played the song again after McCain’s speech while he and Palin waved from the stage.

The ladies of Heart were pissed enough to issue this statement today:

Sarah Palin’s views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song ‘Barracuda’ no longer be used to promote her image. The song ‘Barracuda’ was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The ‘barracuda’ represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there’s irony in Republican strategists’ choice to make use of it there.

Will Heart be banned from classic rock radio stations now? Is this gonna be the Dixie Chicks all over again? I think it’s fantastic.

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