Steven Tyler has asked Donald Trump to stop using Aerosmith’s song “Dream On” in the Republican candidate’s campaign events.
Steven’s legal team had to send a second cease-and-desist letter, which read, “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 candidate has been using the song for months. Steven first asked Trump to stop playing “Dream On” after a rally in Mobile, Alabama on Aug. 21. But he continued to use the tune, prompting the the frontman to issue another letter.
“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,” said an attorney for Steven to Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
A registered Republican? That’s news you can use. I suspect Trump is purposely using music without obtaining permission up front. Every time a complaint from an artist surfaces, Trump enters the news cycle again. It also feeds his “I DO WHAT I WANT” image, that his supporters seem to admire. Trump, forever the Eric Cartman of political candidates.