Don’t expect to hear any Aerosmith songs at a Donald Trump rally any time soon.
Steven Tyler, frontman of the band, sent a cease-and-desist letter to the president on Wednesday, requesting that their music not be played at any of Trumps’ rallies or events, ABC News reports. This is reportedly the third time Tyler has made the request. The Trump administration played Aerosmith’s “Dream On” at rallies in 2015 during Trump’s presidential campaign, prompting Tyler’s legal team to send Trump cease-and-desist letters on Aug. 28, 2015 and Oct. 10, 2015, according to ABC News.
“Mr. Trump does not have any right to use the name, image, voice or likeness of our client, without his express written permission, in connection with his potential campaign or otherwise under state and federal laws,” reads the latest letter, penned by Tyler’s attorneys and obtained by ABC.
The letter categorized Trump’s decision to use the music, despite having been sent previous cease-and-desist letters, as “clearly willful” conduct. It went on to claim that Trump’s use of Aerosmith’s music “falsely [implied]” that Tyler “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,” and “wrongfully misappropriates [Tyler’s] rights of publicity.”
Trump played Aerosmith’s “Livin’ on the Edge” during a campaign rally in West Virginia on Tuesday — just one day before the letter was sent, according to ABC.
Tyler addressed the situation in a series of tweets on Wednesday, writing that the battle was not about “democrats versus republicans.”
“I do not let anyone use my songs without my permission,” Tyler explained. “My music is for causes not political campaigns or rallies. Protecting copyright and songwriters is what I’ve been fighting for even before this current administration took office.”
“This is one of the reasons why [bandmate Joe Perry] and I have been pushing the senate to pass the music modernization act,” Tyler continued in a second tweet, referencing legislation that will reportedly update industry standards related to licensing and artist compensation, among other things, according to Rolling Stone.
Trump has yet to publicly comment on Tyler’s 2018 letter, but in 2015, he took to Twitter to claim that Tyler “got more publicity on his song request than he’s gotten in ten years.” He continued in a second tweet, “Even though I have the legal right to use Steven Tyler’s song, he asked me not to. Have better one to take its place!”
[Photo: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. By Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic via Getty Images]