UPDATE: Donald Trump 'drops Steve Tyler's Dream On from campaign'
14 October 2015, 09:46
The politician reportedly says he'll stop using the song, even though he's entitled to use it.
Donald Trump has agreed to drop Aerosmith's Dream On from his presidential campaign. According to TMZ, the tycoon says he has every right to use the song, but will stop playing it because Steven Tyler is a 'good friend' and has been a 'great supporter' over the years.
Trump apparently uses 10-15 songs to support his campaign, but TMZ reports one of his favourites is We're Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister.
Steven Tyler has yet to comment on reports, but has retweeted another post of support from the Songwriters of North America below:
On Tuesday 13 October, we wrote:
Steven Tyler has asked Donald Trump to stop using his music for his presidential campaign. The Aerosmith frontman - who is a registered Republican - is believed to have sent a cease and desist letter to the tycoon, after he repeatedly used his Dream On single at his political events.
According to the Associated Press, the letter states that Trump didn't have Tyler's "permission to use 'Dream On'" and the use of his music "gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump's presidential bid."
According to CNN, Trump has continued to use the track, walking onstage to it this week at the No Labels Problem Solver Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire. However, Fox News reports that before the event he revealed it's all been "worked out".
Steve Tyler has made his feelings clear by retweeting support from a fan below.
The Aerosmith star isn't the first artist to distance himself from the 69-year-old property mogul.
In June, Donald Trump used Neil Young’s Rockin’ in The Free World to announce he would be standing for presidency, but the singer issued a statement claiming he wasn’t authorised to use the track.
However, Trump didn’t take it lying down, and suggested the pair were a lot closer than the Harvest Moon singer was making out.
.@Neilyoung A few months ago Neil Young came to my office looking for $$ on an audio deal & called me last week to go to his concert. Wow!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 24, 2015
After the Trump campaign used R.E.M's It's The End Of The World As We Know It at a rally in September, frontman Michael Stipe launched an attack, saying: "Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign."
Other American politicians to fall foul of musicians include Ronald Reagan, who used Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA and Obama who used Cyndi Lauper's True Colours to discredit Mitt Romney without her permission.
Musicians are standing their ground this side of the pond too. After David Cameron claimed The Smiths were one of his favourite bands, Johnny Marr publicly rejected the Prime Minister on Twitter, telling him he forbids him to like the band.
If that wasn't bad enough, the singer slammed the Prime Minister again last week at his Homecoming gig at Manchester's Albert Hall.
Watch his rant below: