Rock stars vs Trump: Aerosmith's Steve Tyler latest rocker to ban tycoon from using his song
Tyler has sent Trump a cease-and-desist letter, saying that the use of the song “gives a false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid,” AP reported.
It’s the second warning coming from Tyler: at the end of August, after a rally in Mobile, Alabama, he asked Trump not to use the song. However, the Republican presidential candidate and real estate tycoon ignored the warning.
Now, the lawyers of Aerosmith frontman are serious, saying that “if Trump for President does not comply with our demands, our client will be forced to pursue any and all legal or equitable remedies which our client may have against you.”
Tyler and the band’s guitarist Joe Perry are Republicans, and Tyler even visited the GOP debate in August as Trump’s guest.
So, the current lawsuit is not personal or political, one of Tyler’s lawyers said: it’s just about copyright and legal permission to use the song.
Trump’s representatives have so far refused to comment on the issue, AP reported.
Tyler’s complaint comes after other rock stars have also criticized Trump for using their music in his campaign.
In mid-June Neil Young, a supporter of the left in US politics, demanded that the mogul’s presidential campaign stop using his song “Rockin’ in the Free World.”
Last month, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe had some harsh words for Trump when his campaign used the band’s song “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).” Stipe called it “a moronic charade of a campaign” on his ex-bandmate’s Twitter account.
R.E.M. issued an official statement on Facebook, saying that they “do not authorize or condone the use of [their] music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so.”
“Let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here,” R.E.M. added in the statement. “The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current presidential campaign.”