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.
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
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
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
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!