After their 1991 hit ‘Live N’ Let Die’ went viral following President Trump’s tour of an Arizona factory that makes N95 face masks, Guns N’ Roses are now selling t-shirts that read, “Live N’ Let Die With COVID 45,” on their official merch store.
All of the net proceeds from the shirt will go towards The Recording Academy’s MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, which provides services and resources to those in need in the music community.
The dustup first began after Trump’s recent visit to Arizona’s Honeywell factory, where the president went maskless as workers blasted the band’s cover of the James Bond theme song, originally recorded by Paul McCartney’s Wings.
The factory that currently produces N95 masks for the federal government also had a sign at the facility that stated masks were required.
— Guns N’ Roses (@gunsnroses) May 13, 2020
Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose also shared some spirited comments on Twitter in an exchange with Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin and has been very vocal with regards to the US government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guns N’ Roses initially covered the Wings’ song on their 1991 album Use Your Illusion I and were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1993.
While GNR was forced to reschedule their Central and South American tour dates due to the pandemic, the band has been keeping busy with other projects, including the announcement of a new children’s book entitled, Sweet Child O’Mine, arriving on 1 September.
Created in collaboration with acclaimed author James Patterson, Sweet Child O’ Mine takes its inspiration from the lyrics of the hit GNR song of the same name and reimagines them into an illustrated children’s story.
While the band will not be travelling to Europe this summer, GNR has stated that they are working with promoters, venues and the respective countries to determine the next steps.
Visit their official site for more tour updates and charitable merch details.