Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Issues Cease and Desist Letter to Donald Trump Over Use of ‘Dream On’
Donald Trump and the rock and metal community have made some headlines together over the last couple months as Trump moves on with his campaign to become a presidential candidate. Several artists have asked the real estate tycoon not to use their music in his campaigns, and now Steven Tyler can be added to that list.
Tyler issued a cease and desist letter to Trump after his consistent use of the Aerosmith song "Dream On." The Hollywood Reporter received a letter stating that the Republican hopeful was directed not to use the song all the way back on Aug. 21. The issue has presented itself again, despite the documented relationship the musician and Trump have.
The two have allegedly taken a trip to Russia together. Trump has tweeted about his experience at an Aerosmith concert, and Tyler was a guest at one of campaigner's Republican debates as well as a judge in the Trump-owned Miss USA pageant. But what it really comes down to here is that the use of "Dream On' can be falsely interpreted as an endorsement. For this reason, other artists including Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, and Neil Young also demanded the cessation of the use of songs from the respective musicians.
The rock and metal community has been divisive on the firebrand campaign leader, with Gene Simmons, Randy Blythe, and Corey Taylor all offering their condemnation. On the other hand, Five Finger Death Punch's Zoltan Bathory has provided his backing of Trump and Dee Snider even gave an endorsement for Trump to use the Twisted Sister hit "We're Not Gonna Take It."
Snider did not endorse the host of The Apprentice for president, but stated in an interview with TMZ, "Donald Trump is a good friend and a great guy, and I support him turning the political system on its head. The song 'We're Not Gonna Take It' is a song about rebellion, and there's nothing more rebellious than what Donald Trump is doing right now. Although [Democratic presidential candidate] Bernie Sanders can use it as well; he's turning things upside down too."
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