Angela Merkel apologizes to Campino for using his song at re-election party
German Chancellor Angela Merkel apologized to rock star Campino for playing one of his songs at her re-election party in 2013.
In his autobiography, extracts of which were published in Der Spiegel, the frontman of Die Toten Hosen said he was touched by the call.
Campino added that he was horrified Angela Merkel “didn’t have anything else to do”.
He had previously said he did want politicians to use the song, Days Like These.
Angela Merkel called Campino, whose real name is Andreas Frege, four days after her re-election, and said her Christian Democrat Party (CDU) had “trampled all over [his] song on election night”.
The chancellor supposedly promised that Days Like These was “not going to be the next CDU anthem”.
Fans had reacted angrily to Angela Merkel’s use of the song.
However, Angela Merkel said that while Campino had asked for it not to be used at political rallies, he had never objected to the song being played at “victory celebrations”.
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