The Rolling Stones are threatening President Donald Trump with legal action for using his songs in his protests despite cease-and-desist directives.
The Stones said in a statement Sunday that their legal team is working with music rights organization BMI to stop the use of their material in Trump’s re-election campaign.
“The IMC notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a violation of their license agreement,” the Stones said.
“If Donald Trump ignores the exclusion and persists, then he would face a lawsuit to break the embargo and play unauthorized music.”
The Stones had complained during the 2016 Trump campaign about the use of their music to ignite their conservative base in protests.
The 1969 Rolling Stones classic ‘You Can´t Always Get What You Want’ was a popular song for their events.
It was played again at the close of the recent Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an indoor event criticized for its potential to spread the coronavirus.
The Rolling Stones (from left) Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, and Ron Wood have threatened President Donald Trump with legal action for using his songs at their rallies.
President Donald Trump performed the Rolling Stones song ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ at his rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma
It came after Tom Petty’s estate issued Trump a formal cease and desist order for using his 1989 song I Won’t Back Down during his poor attendance at the Tulsa rally.
Both the late Tom Petty and his family strongly oppose racism and discrimination of any kind, ” the statement read.
‘Tom Petty would never want a song of his for a hate campaign. He liked to bring people together. We believe in the United States and we believe in democracy.
“But Donald Trump does not represent the noble ideals of either of them.” We would hate for fans marginalized by this administration to think we were complicit in this use. ”
The statement read: “We would hate for fans marginalized by this administration to think we were complicit in this use.”
Tuesday panic! On The Disco, frontman Brendon Urie demanded that Trump stop using his songs, after he used his hit song High Hopes in 2018 during a rally in Phoenix.
The 33-year-old star tweeted, ‘Dear Trump campaign, F *** you. You are not invited. Stop playing my song … Donald Trump doesn’t represent anything we represent. ‘
Urie then urged his 6.6 million social media followers to register to vote to help kick this monster out. [of office] in November.’
Other artists have also complained that their music is associated with the Trump events.
A year ago, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne demanded that Trump stop using more of his music, including the 1980 Crazy Train, for ads or political campaigns.
The 33-year-old pop star tweeted, ‘Dear Trump campaign, F *** you. You are not invited. Stop playing my song … Donald Trump doesn’t represent anything we represent ‘
Urie urged her 6.6 million social media followers to register to vote to help kick this monster out. [of office] in November.’
Trump used panic! In The Disco hit song 2018 High Hopes during a rally in Phoenix on Tuesday, sparking outrage from leader Brendon Urie
Grammy-winning musician Neil Young lashed out at Trump in 2018 after listening to one of his songs performed against his wishes during Trump’s mid-term campaign rallies.
The Canadian-born musician warned Trump for using his 1990 single, ‘Rockin’ in the Free World, ‘despite previous warnings.
In 2018, Rihanna tweeted that neither she nor her people would ‘ever be in or around one of those tragic protests’ after Trump played his 2008 hit Please Don’t Stop the Music.
That same day, Guns N ‘Roses leader Axl Rose tweeted that the father of five divorced twice was a’ bag of shit ‘for ignoring his’ formal request ‘to stop using Sweet Child’ or Mine since 1987.
Rihanna was pissed off after Trump played her 2008 hit Please Don’t Stop the Music in 2018
Not for much longer! In 2018 Rihanna tweeted that neither she nor her people would ‘ever be in or around one of those tragic protests’ after Trump played Please Don’t Stop the Music.
‘Can you say “s *** bags”? That same day, Guns N ‘Roses frontman Axl Rose tweeted that the divorced father of five was twice ignoring the gang’s’ formal request ‘to stop using Sweet Child’ or Mine.
And Aerosmith has repeatedly sent cease-and-desist warnings to the former Democrat for using Dream On and Livin ‘on the Edge in their protests in 2015 and 2018.
“ Although I have a legal right to use Steven Tyler’s song, he asked me not to, ” Trump, who struggled to book bands at his 2017 opening, tweeted, on Twitter in 2015.
‘You better take your place!’
Other legends that demand that Donald stop playing his music are Prince, Queen, Pharrell, George Harrison, Neil Young, Adele, Elton John, REM, Twisted Sister and more.
Trump’s much-hyped campaign in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last Saturday was the first public re-election event since the coronavirus pandemic forced the president to file live speeches before his supporters.
Despite campaign claims that led to the rally that more than a million tickets were booked, Tulsa officials put the exact number of people who gathered in the arena at just over 6,200.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence also canceled the speeches they planned to give to an overflowing crowd outside the BOK Center after a few dozen people attended.
In the days following the Tulsa rally, the president and his supporters have claimed that rally contenders were scared by the coronavirus and Black Lives Matter protests that have swept the nation since George Floyd’s death.
Trump’s surrogates have also claimed that the Tulsa rally broke television viewing records on cable news.