Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is demanding President Donald Trump stop using the band’s songs at rallies, like the one held at the Charleston Civic Center in West Virginia yesterday, Variety reported Wednesday.
Everyone knows that Trump likes to throw various pep rallies for himself, where dozens of his followers make him feel like a big, important, good-brain adult man.
These pep rallies usually consist of Donald Trump standing in front of a delusional bunch of fans and screaming the hits—electoral college numbers, “build the wall,” etc.—or going on baffling rants about how to cook chicken. And they always begin with the president walking out to some tired old white guy song.
On Tuesday, Trump played “Livin’ on the Edge” ahead of his rally in West Virginia—which is honestly a fitting song choice given the news of the day. But it didn’t matter, because in response, Steven Tyler’s legal team sent a cease and desist letter for using Aerosmith’s music without permission at a political rally.
“By using ‘Livin’ on the Edge’ without our client’s permission, Mr. Trump is falsely implying that our client, once again, 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,” the cease-and-desist letter stated.
This marks the second time Tyler’s legal team has warned Trump for using Aerosmith music. In 2015, Tyler’s legal team warned Trump for playing “Dream On”—again an excellent choice—at his rallies.
Read portions of Tyler’s letter to the White House below:
“It has come to our attention that President Donald J. Trump and/or The Trump Organization (collectively, “Mr. Trump”) have been using our client’s song “Livin’ On The Edge” in connection with political rally events (the Rallies”), including at an event held yesterday at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia on August 21, 2018. As expressly outlined in the Previous Letters, Mr. Trump does not have our client’s permission to use any of our client’s music, including “Livin’ On The Edge”.
What makes this violation even more egregious is that Mr. Trump’s use of our client’s music was previously shut down, not once, but two times, during his campaign for presidency in 2015. Please see the Previous Letters sent on behalf of our client attached here as Exhibit A. Due to your receipt of the Previous Letters, such conduct is clearly willful, subjecting Mr. Trump to the maximum penalty under the law.”