Rush Join The Rush Limbaugh Boycott
3/7/2012 2:16pm EST
Canadian rockers Rush have joined Peter Gabriel in a creative boycott of popular broadcaster Rush Limbaugh's talk radio show.
Gabriel demanded that his music be removed from the conservative talk radio star's daily show after learning his song Sledgehammer was used during the broadcaster's attack on a student who had testified at a Congressional hearing on contraception.
The rocker was "appalled" to learn the track was part of Limbaugh's radio rant, in which he called Georgetown, Washington, D.C. student Sandra Fluke a "slut" and "a prostitute" for arguing that her university's health insurance should cover birth control for female students.
And now Rush have joined the former Genesis star after learning their song The Spirit of the Radio was also used during the segment last week.
The band has filed a cease and desist letter, asking the DJ to stop playing their music.
A statement reads, "The public performance of Rush's music is not licensed for political purposes and any such use is in breach of public performance licenses and constitutes copyright infringement. Accordingly, we hereby demand that you immediately stop all use of Rush's music and confirm that you will do so."