Tom Petty tells Bachmann not to use 'American Girl'

June 28, 2011 at 2:59 PM ET

Charlie Neibergall / AP /

Tom Petty doesn't want Michele Bachmann using his 1977 song, "American Girl," in her campaign events, NBC Nightly News reports.

The song was played when the Republican presidential candidate left the stage in Waterloo, Iowa, after making a nationally televised speech. Later, NBC's Kelly O'Donnell reported that Petty's manager will be asking the candidate's team not to use his song again.

O'Donnell also reported that Petty asked George Bush not to use his song "I Won't Back Down" in 2000, but apparently allowed Hillary Clinton to use "American Girl" during her 2008 campaign.

John McCain was also met with resistance from rockers on the campaign trail. The Republican presidential hopeful was asked to change his tune by both the Foo Fighters and John Mellencamp during his 2008 run. And the band Heart asked that McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, not use their hit "Barracuda" when she joined him on stage.


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