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Peter Gabriel to Rush Limbaugh: Stop Using ‘Sledgehammer’

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If you needed one more reason to love (or, depending on your political leanings, hate) Peter Gabriel, here it is: he’s demanded that his music be pulled from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show.

The ultra right-wing radio talk show host used Gabriel’s classic hit ‘Sledgehammer’ during a tirade against Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke last week — a tirade during which Limbaugh called her a “slut” and a “prostitute” for daring to express her opinion that insurance companies should be mandated to cover women’s contraceptives.

Limbaugh’s words have sparked such outrage that he’s already lost eight major advertisers and issued a rare apology. But apparently Gabriel wasn’t swayed, and a statement issued Monday on his website and Facebook page reads:

Peter was appalled to learn that his music was linked to Rush Limbaugh’s extraordinary attack on Sandra Fluke. It is obvious from anyone that knows Peter’s work that he would never approve such a use. He has asked his representatives to make sure his music is withdrawn and especially from these unfair aggressive and ignorant comments.

Now that he has that little bit of unpleasantness out of the way, Gabriel can go back to preparing for the April 24 release of his new concert album, ‘Live Blood,’ a newly remixed and re-mastered 2-CD set recorded with a 46-piece orchestra at London’s iconic Hammersmith Apollo last year. The discs will feature Gabriel performing some of his best-known songs, as well as interpretations of Paul Simon‘s ‘The Boy in the Bubble’ and Lou Reed‘s ‘The Power of the Heart.’

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