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Beastie Boys for Joe Biden

For one of the first times ever, the Beastie Boys have allowed an advert to use one of their songs and it’s an ad for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. On Sunday evening (October 18), their 1994 track ‘Sabotage’ featured in a new campaign ad during the NFL games. The ad shows the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on music venues across the U.S.

The Biden ad features an interview with Joe Malcoun, the owner of The Blind Pig, a grassroots venue in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Discussing the effects of the pandemic, Malcoun says:

“For 50 years, the Blind Pig has been open and crowded, but right now, it’s an empty room."
“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.”
“This is Donald Trump’s economy,” he continues. “There is no plan and you don’t know how to go forward.”

The last approved the use of ‘Sabotage’ in a 2017 video game trailer, and the Beastie Boys are known for being highly protective over the usage of their songs.

The ad comes after The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) already urged the White House and US Congress to prevent a “mass collapse” of the live music industry.

The live music sector faced further pressure this month, after the breakdown in talks this week between Donald Trump‘s administration and the Democrats over a COVID-19 relief bill.

Last weekend, the likes of Foo Fighters and Miley Cyrus performed live-streamed sets for the #SaveOurStages (#SOS) campaign, which aims to preserve US grassroots music venues affected by the coronavirus pandemic.



  • https://www.nme.com/news/music/beastie-boys-allow-joe-biden-to-use-song-in-advert-for-first-time-ever-2790842

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwpNUtoXgJI