The Beastie Boys has given permission to Joe Biden to use one of their songs for the campaign.
Their hit song, Sabotage, will be making its commercial debut during the televised NFL games on Sunday. The aim is to highlight the devastating impacts of the Coronavirus.
In the ad, Malcoun explains: “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.”
He continues: “This is Donald Trump’s economy. There is no plan and you don’t know how to go forward.”
It’s common knowledge that Beastie Boys don’t like commercials, but the ad is pitched so incredibly that even they can’t ignore it.
The entire entertainment industry has suffered during this pandemic – music venues, theatres, concerts, clubs, dance halls, etc. have all been shut for more than eight months now. Although many restaurants have regained work in limited capacity, it’s still impossible for the entertainment venues to continue business right now.
Every day, it becomes clearer that venues that hold larger crowds will be the last to reopen. They won’t be hosting stage performances and live events for some time, probably until a vaccine is finalized. Broadway shows were the first to be postponed to May 2021.
Nobody has thought of helping those people from the entertainment industry that belong to the grassroots and haven’t had much savings. If you compare this situation to the UK, there’s been a billion pound relief package set specifically for the art industries.
Many musicians, stage performers, and artists have started monetizing their work online after the pandemic. In addition, the stagehands, roadies, and other workers in live productions have been unemployed for months.
Most politicians in the US have blatantly ignored this problem. Billboard has kept a solid track of the live venues that stayed closed during the pandemic, and according to the survey, 90% of the live events closed down due to the pandemic.
So, it makes perfect sense for the Beastie Boys to come out and support their colleagues and workers of the entertainment industry. They saw a presidential candidate using his voice to highlight their struggles, and the Beastie Boys said why not!