Beastie Boys have allowed Joe Biden’s presidential campaign to use their song for campaign purpose, a rare move by the band who have never licensed a track for a political ad.
Beastie Boys’s surviving members– Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond — approved the use of “Sabotage,” a track from their 1994 album Ill Communication, for a Biden campaign commercial.
The ad, which aired during NFL games on Sunday evening, focuses on the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has had on music venues across the U.S.
The ad features an interview with Joe Malcoun, the owner of The Blind Pig, a club in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which remains shuttered this year. The owner blames Donald Trump for his poor response during the coronavirus crisis.
“For 50 years, the Blind Pig has been open and crowded, but right now, it’s an empty room,” Malcoun says in the ad, explaining its devastating effects. “This is the reality of Trump’s Covid response.
We don’t know how much longer we can survive without any revenue. A lot of restaurants and bars that have been mainstays for years will not make it through this.”
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