Earth, Wind & Fire Slam Donald Trump for 'Unauthorized Use' of 'September' at RNC

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Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson and Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire pose in the press room during The 58th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 15, 2016 in Los Angeles. 

Another day at the Republican National Convention, another act unhappy about the “unauthorized use” of their music. 

Earth, Wind & Fire have spoken out after the Hall of Famers' classic "September" briefly soundtracked proceedings on day two of the RNC without their consent. 

In a tweet almost identical to one posted the previous night by Queen, Earth, Wind & Fire wrote: “Another unauthorized use (September) at the Republican Convention, against our wishes."

On an eventful evening when Donald Trump was formally nominated as the GOP nominee, the house band cranked out a “lukewarm” rendition of “September,” according to Billboard’s reporter on the scene. The performance was said to be especially popular among the older attendees, who hoisted "Make America Great Again" signs in time with the beat.

The previous night, Queen cautioned Trump – not for the first time – for using their anthemic "We Are the Champions" without permission. 

Earth, Wind & Fire was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 and were feted with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 ceremony, just 11 days after the death of co-founder Maurice White following a decades-long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.


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