Popular Rock Band Tells Trump to Quit Using Its Music
A cease-and-desist letter found its way to the White House after the president played a certain song at his West Virginia rally
Aerosmith is now taking legal action to stop its music from being played at events headlined by President Donald Trump.
Lead singer Steven Tyler, who is 70 years old, has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the White House through attorney Dina LaPolt.
Trump last played an Aerosmith song Tuesday night during his West Virginia rally in Charleston. “Livin’ On The Edge,” originally released in 1993, was played for the assembled crowd.
The cease-and-desist letter from Tyler cites the Lanham Act, which prohibits “any false designation or misleading description or representation of fact … likely to cause confusion … as to the affiliation, connection or association of such person with another person.”
Tyler is claiming that the playing of his band’s music at Trump’s campaign-style rallies confuses people about the group’s political affiliation.
The letter states that playing Aerosmith’s music at these events “gives the false impression that Tyler is endorsing Trump’s presidency.”
“By using ‘Livin’ On The Edge’ without our client’s permission, Mr. Trump is falsely implying that our client, once again, endorses his campaign and/or his presidency, as evidenced by actual confusion seen from the reactions of our client’s fans all over social media,” the cease-and-desist letter stated, in part.
Tyler and Aerosmith have a shaky history with the current sitting president. The band sent a similar cease-and-desist letter to the Trump presidential campaign in 2015 to keep it from playing “Dream On,” originally released in 1973, at rallies.
The letter also said Trump had no right at all to play any of Aerosmith’s tunes.
Steven Tyler revealed to host Joe Rogan in a recent interview on the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast that he had asked Trump not to use “Dream On” at campaign rallies on the phone.
But when the then-presidential candidate continued to do so, Tyler said he then felt forced to take legal action over the matter in an attempt to resolve it.
Naturally, a few folks on the liberal side have been waving this news around like a flag this week — and using it as a slam against Trump, as people on the Left so often try to do.
And Tyler, for his part, sought to make it point clear, as shown in the tweet below:
THIS IS NOT ABOUT DEMS VS. REPUB. I DO NOT LET ANYONE USE MY SONGS WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. MY MUSIC IS FOR CAUSES NOT FOR POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS OR RALLIES. PROTECTING COPYRIGHT AND SONGWRITERS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN FIGHTING FOR EVEN BEFORE THIS CURRENT ADMINISTRATION TOOK OFFICE.
— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) August 22, 2018
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) August 22, 2018
Steven Tyler tells Trump to stop using Aerosmith's music at rallies—again https://t.co/GER7RouDae
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) August 22, 2018
Here is the cease and desist letter to Trump from Steven Tyler’s lawyers demanding that the Trump campaign refrain from playing Aerosmith music at rallies. Aerosmith has made this demand before according to this letter. pic.twitter.com/tWpOSO6tS5
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 22, 2018
To see more about Steven Tyler’s new cease-and-desist letter to President Donald Trump and what’s at stake in the matter, check out the video below: