The Beastie Boys have sanctioned the use of their music for the very first time in an advertisement after they have allowed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to use one of their tracks in a commercial.
The advert, which is in aid of Joe Biden for President, uses Pixies’ ‘Where is My Mind?’ and the Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’ in the video which discusses how music venues in the States currently find themselves in a tricky predicament due to the pandemic which has left them with an unknown future. Biden’s latest advertisement was premiered during the NFL games on Sunday evening and was viewed by millions who were watching the football at home.
The video features an interview with Joe Malcoun, who runs grassroots venue The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “Everywhere I go, people have a story about the Blind Pig,” says Malcoun. “The Blind Pig has been one of those clubs that attract artists from all genres. 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. This is Donald Trump’s economy: There is no plan and you don’t know how to go forward. It makes me so angry. My only hope for my family and for this business and my community is that Joe Biden wins this election,” he passionately added.
In June the likes of Dave Grohl, Neil Young, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga and Coldplay were part of a number of artists who signed a letter urging Congress to send aid and to answer the National Independent Venue Association’s request for government assistance and to stop them closing their doors for good.
However, the future of the industry remains unknown in the States after earlier this month there was a breakdown in talks this week between Donald Trump‘s administration and the Democrats over a relief bill which would give people like Joe Macoun the package they deserve.