Don’t Start me Up: Rolling Stones tell Donald Trump to stop using their songs
The Rolling Stones have ordered Donald Trump to stop using their songs in his election rallies. Up until now, Trump rallies have featured two of their songs, Start me Up and You Can’t Always Get What you Want.
In a statement, the band said: “The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately.”
The band is the latest in a line of musicians who have ordered Trump not to use their music. In February, Adele issued a statement distancing herself from Trump, after he had been playing her hit Rolling In The Deep as his warm-up music at his rallies.
Aerosmith have also protested over their music being used in Trump's campaign. Singer Steven Tyler's lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter, saying the use of the band's song Dream On “gives a false impression” he endorses Trump's presidential bid. Tyler, who is a registered Republican, said it was not a “personal” issue but one of permission and copyright.
Prior to that Neil Young demanded that Trump stop using his song Rockin' in the Free World, which the billionaire had used when he announced his candidacy in June last year. Young demanded that Trump stop using the song and declared his support for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.
Michael Stipe from REM issued a strongly worded statement when Trump then used the band's song It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine). “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign,” the statement read.