Steven Tyler has been added to the list of musicians who prefer not to have their music as part of Donald Trump’s campaign. The Aerosmith frontman has sent the Trump campaign two cease-and-desist notices asking the headline-hungry Presidential hopeful to stop using the band’s classic track “Dream On.”
Trump’s campaign received a notice on Saturday (10/10) to end the use of “Dream On” during campaign events. Saturday’s was actually the second cease-and-desist delivered to Trump headquarters, the first coming on August 21st after an event in Mobile, Alabama.
Per the Hollywood Reporter:
“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.”
“We are unaware of any public performance license granting Trump for President the right to perform ‘Dream On’ in connection with the Campaign. If Trump for President has any such license, please forward it to our attention immediately.
Tyler joins a list of Trump detractors that includes Neil Young and R.E.M., though Tyler’s reasoning has little to do with his political position. Tyler was once a Miss USA pageant judge and reportedly appeared as a guest of Trump’s during a Republican debate in August.
Trump also gushed over Aerosmith after the band’s concert in Newark, NJ last year.
According to a statement released by Tyler’s attorney, Dina LaPolt, Trump has 24 hours to respond before further legal action is taken, adding, “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.”
Despite the request from Tyler’s camp, Trump has continued to use “Dream On” during his campaign, most recently in Manchester, New Hampshire at the “No Labels Problem Solver Convention” with Trump stating, “Actually that’s all worked out.”