Senator John McCain may be an American hero — but the Foo Fighters still don’t want him using “My Hero” at his campaign rallies.
The rock band is the latest act to ask the McCain-Palin campaign to stop using its music. Heart, Van Halen, John Mellencamp and Jackson Browne have also asked for the campaign to turn off their tunes, according to ABC News.
“This isn’t the first time the McCain campaign has used a song without making any attempt to get approval or permission from the artist,” the Foo Fighters said in a statement. “It’s frustrating and infuriating that someone who claims to speak for the American people would repeatedly show such little respect for creativity and intellectual property. The saddest thing about this is that ‘My Hero’ was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential. To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song.”
“My Hero” is a track from the Foo Fighters’ 1997 album, “The Colour and the Shape.”
“We hope that the McCain campaign will do the right thing and stop using our song,” the band added, “and start asking artists’ permission in general!”