Massive Attack’s 3D is not happy that Pete Tong covered ‘Unfinished Symphony’ without permission
Massive Attack co-founder Robert Del Naja, better known as 3D, has taken issue with Pete Tong‘s cover of the band’s seminal track “Unfinished Symphony.” Naja claims that Tong performed the track without receiving consent from the group beforehand.
The fabled BBC Radio 1 DJ originally covered the track back in November at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, which was overseen by conductor Jules Buckley and director Chris Wheeler. The live performance was subsequently released as a live album — Pete Tong Ibiza Classics — on Dec. 1.
“Dear Pete Tong” reads Naja’s official statement off the group’s Facebook page, “Thanks for covering one of our songs on your nostalgia nightmare roadshow.”
3D goes on to lambast the radio DJ for performing the track without gaining proper consent from Massive Attack or any of the group’s members, proclaiming that “if you do mean to carry on coining it, why don’t you divide your nightly profit by the number of songs you murder in your set, and hand the total of that one song over to UNHCR.”
UNHCR is a globally recognized United Nations program whose mission is to protect refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people, and assist in their voluntary repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country.
“It would be the least you could do” concludes the Massive Attack frontman.