Thom Yorke, Joan Baez and Ted Nugent: the guitar and music world at large reacts to the 2020 US election results

Most expressed jubilation at the news.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

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On 7 November 2020, Democratic candidate Joe Biden was declared the projected winner of the US election. It was a hotly-contested race, and in the run-up to the election, cultural figures from across the world expressed their political opinion. For some, tensions remain high – Donald Trump is yet to concede, and has brought up allegations of tampered mail-in ballots, although there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Many notable guitar figures have taken to the internet to respond to the news.

Thom Yorke

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, having previously made his dislike of Donald Trump public, posted a celebratory video following the news of Trump’s defeat.

Mick Jagger

Frontman of The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, said that he is “looking forward to coming back to an America free of harsh words and name-calling.” He said “it’s a challenge but it can be done!”

He’d previously shared a snippet of a song criticizing Trump’s constant use of social media.


Joan Baez

Legendary singer-songwriter Joan Baez posted a video of herself dancing in celebration of the results, writing: “This morning’s mood… the sweetness of victory – and groceries.”


Lzzy Hale

Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale celebrated the news on Instagram, saying: “In the immortal words of Twisted Sister ‘We’re not gonna take it anymore.’”

Ted Nugent

In the run-up to the election, Ted Nugent was one of the few notable musicians to be an outspoken supporter of Trump.

Upon the breaking of the news, he took to Facebook to live-stream his reaction, saying: “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris represent the devil party. They’ve said they hate America.”


David Crosby

The ever-outspoken David Crosby was asked what he’s looking forward to about a Biden presidency – he responded simply “Not hating the president”

Mark Morton

Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton took to Twitter to say that he was pleased that Biden had won, but also hoped for the “compromise” of a Republican Senate majority.

Tom Morello

Rage Against The Machine frontman Tom Morello celebrated the news by sharing a photo which read: “live your life in such a way that the entire planet doesn’t dance in the streets when you lose your job.”

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