The band Aerosmith is asking 2016 GOP Presidential hopeful Donald Trump to quit playing their song “Dream On” at Trump’s events, threatening “The Donald” with a lawsuit if he refuses to comply.
According to Rolling Stone:
“Donald Trump has already drawn the ire of artists like Neil Young and R.E.M. for using their music at the Republican frontrunner’s campaign stops without permission, and now another rock legend is threatening legal action against the mogul: Aerosmith has filed a cease-and-desist letter to Trump demanding that the candidate stop using “Dream On” at his rallies.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, it was singer Steven Tyler‘s reps specifically who sent the legal notice. “Trump for President does not have our client’s permission to use ‘Dream On’ or any of our client’s other music in connection with the Campaign because it gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid,” the cease-and-desist letter read.
This was actually Trump’s second warning: He was initially asked to refrain from utilizing “Dream On” after an August 21st rally in Mobile, Alabama, yet Trump continued to play the track at rallies, including his stops in Las Vegas – where he air-drummed along with “Dream On” – and Atlanta this weekend. This time around,
Tyler’s legal team gave Trump a 24-hour window warning the mogul’s campaign, “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.”
The article notes the move came as a surprise given front man Steven Tyler’s friendship with Trump.
“However, the fact that Tyler’s reps sent the cease-and-desist is especially surprising, since Tyler was reportedly Trump’s personal guest at the first GOP debate in August, The Hollywood Reporter writes. Tyler has also served as a judge on Trump’s Miss USA pageant and, in September 2014, Trump tweeted that he had attended an Aerosmith concert and lauded Tyler’s performance.”