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Bon Jovi anger on Palin song use

Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi said he was 'surprised' to hear the song played at a rally

Singer Jon Bon Jovi has become the latest musician to disapprove of the use of his songs in John McCain's presidential campaign.

Bon Jovi song, Who Says You Can't Go Home, was used during rallies held by Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin this week.

In a statement, the star said the band "do not approve" of the song's use.

Foo Fighters, Heart and Jackson Browne have all asked Mr McCain to stop using their tracks in his presidential bid.

Bon Jovi, a Democrat supporter, threw a $30,000 (17,000) per person, fund-raising dinner for Democratic candidate Barack Obama at his New Jersey home in September.

'Not asked'

"We are surprised to hear that our song, Who Says You Can't Go Home, was used by the McCain campaign at rallies yesterday and today," the statement said.

"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.

"Although we were not asked, we do not approve of their use of Home."

Earlier this week, the Rolling Stones' track, Start Me Up, was played at a McCain rally in Pennsylvania.

A spokesman said: "The Stones were not asked permission by McCain to use their song Start Me Up."

In September, Heart singers Ann and Nancy Wilson said they had sent a cease-and-desist letter asking the Republicans not to use their 1977 track Barracuda after it had been used at a Sarah Palin rally.

And, in August, it was announced that singer Jackson Browne, 59, was suing McCain for using his hit song Running on Empty in an advert for his campaign without the singer's permission.

Soul star Sam Moore has also asked for his songs to not be played at Obama events.

Musicians often have little control over how their music is used because of the system that licenses songs for public performance under a blanket fee paid by venues to ASCAP, the firm that collects royalties on behalf of composers and copyright owners.

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