After a bit of a lull where only R.E.M. asked for a reprieve, yet another band has asked a presidential candidate to stop using their music at campaign events.
Apologies to Donald Trump, but Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler does not want you using "Dream On" anymore.
According to the AP, Tyler's attorneys sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Trump campaign saying that Trump did not have Tyler's permission to use "Dream On." It also requests that Trump refrain from using any other song in the Aerosmith catalog, as it could "give…the false impression that [Tyler] is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump's presidential bid." In other words, don't expect to hear "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" at a Trump rally any time soon.
In an odd wrinkle, Tyler is a registered Republican, and attended the first Republican debate in August. Unlike other instances where a candidate has been publicly shamed for using songs without permission, Tyler's main gripe is allegedly that Trump is violating copyright, according to the letters obtained by the AP. Generally speaking, the complaint is that the artist does not agree with the candidate's politics. Some artists are meaner than others when asking the candidate ceases and desists.
So far there's no word how Joe Perry feels about all this.
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