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Van Halen to McCain: No You Can't

8/29/2008 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

John McCain used a Van Halen song during his big speech earlier today and the band wants to make one thing clear -- they're not running with McCain.

Van Halen management tells us the band had no idea McCain was planning on using "Right Now" during his big entrance in Ohio telling us, "Permission was not sought or granted nor would it have been given."

For the record, Dubya used the same song during a bunch of his campaign speeches back in 2004, but sources close to the band tell us, "They're not political, they're just rock and roll."

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j    

Is it any surprise after the last 8 years that people (including celebrities) don't want to have anything to do with the republican party? Van Halen has the right to make a stink.

2245 days ago
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ItsMyOpinionAndTooBadForYou    

Well, since Van Halen pretty much SUCKS anymore, who really cares? And the rest of Hollywood is too rich and stupid to look at any real MIDDLE class issues anyway. Take some of their stinking money away and see how fast they switch parties, since all the Dems do is raise taxes! But we all know that Hollywood wants to keep their 60's/7-'s hippie-throwback crap intact, so they have to vote for liberal candidates and influence anyone else who will listen to their star-quality "idols" to vote the same way. The liberal media has too much influence, and they never tell both sides of the story....if they try to, it's always biased anyway.

2244 days ago
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Lewania    

Why don't they sue the RNC, that'll stop their arrogant butts.

2244 days ago
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MelGibson    

Mc Cain knows who Van Halen is? pertty fly for a old white guy I think -Likes a cokerock Hussein Obama song should be -What is and what will never be, by the zepp you know why? Obama and Jimmy page are both drug user's and talk about things that will never be real, it must be the co-co-coke ( sorry Jimmy ) have you huged your drug dealer today- Obama has.

2244 days ago
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ace11973    

van halen is better known as fans haded,meaning WE ARE TIRED OF YOUR CHEAP WAYS EDDIE!!!!!!!!!take this song and shove you cheap old bastards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2244 days ago
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Jewelzz    

What are all u stupid people complaining about??? How would you like your music to be used in a campaign you are against?I am a musician and yes a fan of Van Halen but my a fan status has nothing to do with it. I am also against another war-loving, money hungry president. Its the princible of the matter and unfortunaly princibles and values dont stand out or mean anything anymore and that is why this country is going to hell. I'm only 24 but I have those values and obviously Van Halen does too. Ridicule is not the answer. They should be respected because it is a personal opinion and this is a country of free speech. Oh, and by the way....Van Halen Still rocks and they don't need the free press dummies. They still manage to sell out stadiums across the country. Try to be informed before you make yourselves look like jackasses.

2244 days ago
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ace11973    

OBAMA SUXXXXXXX,WHY THE HELL WOULD ANY DECENT AMERICAN VOTE FOR THIS ARAB..I MEAN HIS NAME SOUNDS QUIET CLOSE TO OSAMA BIN LADEN...GET REAL AMERICA...HES THE ANTICRIST..AND I DONT CARE WHAT ANY ONE SAYS...HE IS,HE IS!!!!!!!!OBAMA IS THE ANTICRIST....DOWN WITH OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!BARAK OBAMA MUST NOT WIN..............

2244 days ago
218.

ace11973    

GET REAL JEWELZZ YOU PROBLEY SUCK ANYWAY....SCREWOFF!!!!!!!

2244 days ago
219.

beware of big dark HERPE caves    

SCREW Van Halen!

2243 days ago
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Vox Populi    

For starters, this news bit initially had nothing to do with politics whatsoever -- Van Halen's management got wind of the fact that their song was being used in a public performance without copyright clearance, and their manager decided to state that a.) that's illegal (which it is), and b.) that the permission to use the song would not have been granted had it been requested in the first place.

This chain of events doesn't make the members of Van Halen, who aren't even so much as mentioned in this article, either pro-Obama or anti-McCain. This is an example of a manager doing his job, and reading anything more into it than that, regardless of what side of the political spectrum you're on, is more than a little insane.

Furthermore, the "Van Halen are has-beens" comments reek of ignorance, as they're coming off one of the highest grossing tours in recent North American history.

We can get into the politics of the election at a later time -- it just seemed appropriate to point out that the overwhelming majority of the previous 218 posts have been highly unnecessary.

2243 days ago
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has been rocker    

They should let future president McCain use their song.....IT'S THE ONLY CLAIM TO FAME this HAS-BEEN band has right now and has had FOR QUITE SOME TIME !!!

2243 days ago
222.

MajorCaptainCabron    

Sarah Palin's Husband is still a cuckold though.... a cuck....yeah..mmhfg

2242 days ago
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robert    

Thats the true america in a nut shell. Bash Obama but vote for McCain, why cause his vp is so hot. Thats why we are in the mess we are in in this country when the brains go to the balls. Dont worry Obama I think your hot too. Maybe the two of you can shake your money maker and see who wins, Mccain cant shake anything since THE BEATINGS.

2242 days ago
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Anne    

This is just another example of the McCain campaign's going for appearance, not for content (cf: all the comments about how Palin is hot, ignoring the fact that she's not qualified or prepared to back up a president, believes dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time people did (not true, in case you had to ask), and is in general a right-wing nut. A pretty right-wing nut, but case in point: the McCain campaign is also using Heart's song "Barracuda" as Palin's signature song, ignoring the fact that it was written as a rebuttal against people who were lying about the band; note: the barracuda in the song are the walk-over-anybody *Liars*. Heart doesn't want the campaign using their song, but in some ways it seems appropriate.

2225 days ago
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CanadaAngela    

I vote for Eddie!

2213 days ago
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