The official Tom Petty Twitter account has released a statement that reads: “The Tom Petty Estate and our partners were shocked to find out that (the) song ‘I Won’t Back Down’ was stolen and used without permission or a license to promote Kari Lake’s failed (Arizona gubernatorial) campaign.”
“I Won’t Back Down” was released in 1989 and is on Petty’s first solo album, “Full Moon Fever.”
Petty’s estate is going after Lake, a Trump acolyte and election denier, who continues to fight the election results that declared her the loser. Her team placed the song into a commercial implying she’s not done yet.
Petty’s music publisher, Wixen Music, says Lake’s use of the song is “an insult to Tom’s memory, his lyrics and music.” They have issued a cease and desist order.
Obviously, Petty’s reps believe that Ms. Lake needs to back off on using “I Won’t Back Down.”