Bon Jovi to McCain: Don't Use Our Song!


Oct. 15 2008, Published 8:18 a.m. ET

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John McCain's camp is in trouble with another Hollywood celeb--this time for using a Bon Jovi song at a Republican rally.

Jon Bon Jovi says the McCain campaign is using his band's songs without their permission. The rocker, who threw a $30,000 per person fund raising dinner for democratic candidate Barack Obama in September, says he was surprised to hear Bon Jovi's song, "Who Says You Can't Go Home" played during rallies held by Republican vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, this week.

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"We wrote this song as a thank you to those who have supported us over the past 25 years. The song has since become a banner for our home state of New Jersey and the de facto theme song for our partnerships around the country to build homes and rebuild communities," Bon Jovi said.

"Although we were not asked, we do not approve of their use of 'Home'," the rocker said in a statement to TMZ.

This isn't the first time the McCain campaign has gotten the shaft from music artists. In September, the rock group Heart sent a cease and desist letter to the Republican campaign asking them not to use the song "Barracuda." The song was the original theme song for Palin, playing off the "Sarah Barracuda" nickname the Alaska governor earned on the basketball court in high school.

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One month earlier in August, rocker Jackson Browne sued McCain, the Republican National Committee and the Ohio Republican Party, accusing them of using his 1977 hit "Running on Empty" in a campaign add without his permission.


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