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Steven Tyler Wants Donald Trump To Stop Using ‘Dream On’ at Campaign Events



Even Republicans don’t like him, but we knew that already.

Steven Tyler, rock star frontman of Aerosmith, sent a second cease-and-desist letter to Donald Trump’s campaign camp on Saturday, October 10th, asking them to please, stop using their songs at Trump’s campaign events.

Steven Tyler is a registered Republican and was seen attending Donald Trump’s first Republican debate in August. It seems he didn’t much like what he heard then (or since) because Tyler wants the world to know he doesn’t want his music associated with Trump’s campaign message or politics.

Trump has taken to playin Aerosmith’s power ballad “Dream On” at campaign events, perhaps referencing Trump’s campaign theme to “make America great again.” That’s the dream for Trump, but Tyler isn’t having it.

The cease-and-desist letter contains the phrasing, “[Trump does] not have our client’s permission to use ‘Dream On'” because it “gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid.”

“This is not a political nor personal issue with Mr. Trump, Steven works tirelessly with both Republicans and Democrats regarding copyright reform and his position has always been consistent regarding copyright and intellectual property. Simply, one must get permission from the music creators. Steven wrote 100% of ‘Dream On,’ and this is about the un-authorized use of his property. Steven is a registered Republican.”

This could be a political move for Tyler, in a way to openly oppose Trump’s politics, or it may be purely copyright issues. Attorney Dina LaPolt asserted (above) that the letter does not seek to make a “political” statement, nor is it a sign of a “personal issue with Mr. Trump”—the letter is purely an issue of permission and copyright.

Tyler first requested Trump stop using the song after a rally in Alabama on August 21st, but Trump has continued to use the song since then. If Trump continues, Tyler has threatened legal action.

Tyler isn’t the first musician to ask Donald Trump to please, please stop using his music. Back in June, when Donald Trump first announced his presidential bid, he played Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World,” a move that the musician heavily opposed. Trump simply doesn’t have permission to use the songs he’s playing, even if the musicians did agree with his politics.

Of course, by this time it seems like Donald Trump can do no wrong.

As of now, Trump is still leading the GOP polls, with Ben Carson closely following. Trump’s campaign is still obviously resonating with some Americans, even though half of Americans polled have an “unfavorable” opinion of him.

Trump is divisive even in his own party, as he continues to ruffle the feathers of his GOP opponents in the presidential bid, and outshine the others despite his outrageous and offensive comments. Even those in his own party are looking to silence Trump.

Lisa Lo Paro
Lisa is a freelance writer and bibliophile living on the outskirts of New York City. She likes 2 a.m. with a good book, takes cream in her coffee and heavily filters her photos. Check out her blog The Most Happy, her Instagram, and Twitter.

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