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Tom Petty’s Estate Ready to Eviscerate Kari Lake for Using His Classic Song in Her Campaign Video

There are a few voices so distinct that no band, no singer, should ever try to do a “cover” of any of the songs. Number one on the list, obviously, is Queen. Anyone dumb enough to try putting their voice in place of Freddie Mercury’s deserves the reception they’ll get. Another is Tom Petty because, well, Petty didn’t have the voice Mercury had (no one does), but it’s just so damned distinct that you know who it is, and you’re singing along instantly, but it better not be alone.

Perhaps for that reason, it was so noticeable when Kari Lake used the Petty classic “Won’t Back Down,” in her campaign because not only is she going to be forced to back down regarding the election. She will be backing down from the lawsuit filed by the Petty Estate:

Tom Petty’s estate intends to take legal action against Kari Lake after the defeated Arizona gubernatorial candidate posted a video that uses the late musician’s song “I Won’t Back Down” without permission.

“The Tom Petty estate and our partners were shocked to find out that Tom’s song ‘I Won’t Back Down’ was stolen and used without permission or a license to promote Kari Lake’s failed campaign,” Petty’s verified Twitter account posted Thursday.

The day before, Lake shared a two-minute clip on Twitter featuring the 1989 classic with footage from her unsuccessful campaign. The tweet has since been deleted.

Right. So as of now, it truly sucks to be Kari Lake. She had a nice gig with a big check being the voice of the Phoenix Valley back when she was considered a “moderate anchor. Then she met Trump, and everything Trump touches dies. Unfortunately, Tom Petty has passed, too – or he’d surely be furious.

Maybe she hoped no one would notice? Everyone notices Petty’s distinct voice…

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Nicole Hickman is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three college-aged children.