Steven Tyler has asked Donald Trump to stop using Aerosmith’s song Dream On at campaign events without permission.
Attorneys for Steven Tyler have already sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Republican presidential hopeful, saying the use of the song “gives a false impression” the singer endorses Donald Trump’s presidential bid.
Donald Trump has been playing Dream On all summer, even air-drumming to it at a rally in Las Vegas.
Steven Tyler, who is a registered Republican, says it is not a “personal” issue but one of permission and copyright.
It is the third time a musician has confronted Donald Trump about using their songs to promote his presidential bid.
When Donald Trump announced his candidacy, his campaign played Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World – a song that contains the lyrics “He’s just a rich old man / He never cared for anyone”.
Neil Young, a well-known liberal, demanded that Donald Trump stop using the song and declared his support for Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders instead.
Donald Trump’s campaign responded that “despite Neil’s differing political views, Mr. Trump likes Neil very much”.
The tycoon then used REM’s It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine), prompting singer Michael Stipe to issue a strongly-worded statement, saying: “Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”
Conversely, Steven Tyler is not politically opposed to Donald Trump, who is the current frontrunner in the Republican race for the White House.
Steven Tyler even attended the second GOP debate in August as Donald Trump’s guest, according to the Washington Post, but his representatives issued a legal letter to Trump’s campaign over the weekend.
“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,” the cease-and-desist letter read.
“If Trump for President does not comply with our demands, our client will be forced to pursue any and all legal or equitable remedies which our client may have against you.”
Donald Trump was initially asked to stop using Dream On, which features the refrain “dream until your dream comes true” after a rally in Alabama two months ago, but he has continued to use it on the campaign trail, reports Rolling Stone.
Politicians using songs by musicians who do not support them has been a thorny issue for decades, since Bruce Springsteen castigated President Ronald Reagan for planning to use Born in the USA as a backdrop for his 1984 re-election campaign.
Technically, copyright laws give politicians carte blanche to use recorded music at their rallies – as long as the venue has a public performance license issued through a songwriters’ association such as ASCAP or BMI.
However, there is some leeway for an artist to complain their image and reputation is being damaged by the repeated use of a song without their express permission.
Steven Tyler and Erin Brady, his fiancée of one year, have called off their engagement.
A source close to the couple told Page Six: “It’s over for good this time.”
Erin Brady didn’t make an appearance when Steven Tyler holidayed in Hawaii with his family over Christmas and New Year.
This was all the more telling considering Steven Tyler proposed to his girlfriend of five years there; they even had a commitment ceremony there in 2011.
The mole told the website: “His family and entourage never really accepted her and she can do better.”
They added: “They’re still friendly but they’re going their own ways. The engagement is off.”
Steven Tyler will now focus on his 14-date Global Warming tour with his band Aerosmith.
The ageing rocker hinted last year that the couple were going through a tough time, but insisted they were still committed to one another.
Allegations that the pair had split first appeared on The New York Post, the home of Page Six.
The newspaper stated that Steven Tyler, who went sober in the mid 1980’s, wanted to work on his sobriety ahead of his tour with Aerosmith.
Steven Tyler and Erin Brady, his fiancée of one year, have called off their engagement
Steven Tyler proposed to Erin Brady in December last year and this March the rocker said that their wedding planning was going swimmingly.
“I thought either [Hawaii] or Phuket [in Thailand],” he told Life & Style.
“I’m all about writing <<I love you>> on a beach and surprising somebody. It will be somewhere, but it’s going to be way over-the-top romantic.”
In January, the couple also appeared to be seen taking part in pre-wedding blessing ceremony in Hawaii. Steven Tyler and his partner were pictured with a woman (thought to be Reverend Alalani) wearing a head dress.
A message on the website of the company who looked after the couple confirmed that Steven Tyler had indeed been involved in a blessing, though wouldn’t expand any further.
The short statement on Kuhina’s homepage simply read: “Yes Reverend Alalani did do a blessings for Steven Tyler but she will not say details.”
And, though they would not expand any further, the company’s admission that “We specialize in simple to elegant Maui beach weddings and vow renewals with photography”, was enough to reinforce any assumptions about the ceremony.
Of the ceremonies on offer, the most expensive (the Kuhina elegance wedding) includes conch shell blowing and a traditional Hawaiian chant (both upon request), a videographer, photography, a special charter for up to 20 people and lots more.
Steven Tyler proposed to Erin Brady over the festive period last year.
After news of their engagement broke it was claimed that Steven Tyler’s children, who include actress Liv, 35, and model sister Mia, 33 were “furious” there were not made aware that their father had proposed until after the news was made public.
While Erin Brady has revealed that when they first got together she told Steven Tyler she wouldn’t tolerate bad behavior.
Erin Brady said: “I just said, <<Hey listen, if you play, I’m gonna play>>. He didn’t really like it when he was on the other side of that scenario.”
Erin Brady, who is 25 years his junior, would have been his third wife.
Steven Tyler’s first marriage was to Andy Warhol model Cyrinda Fox and lasted from 1978 to 1987.
The pair had a daughter together, Mia, who followed her mother’s footsteps into modeling.
Steven Tyler was also married to clothing designer Teresa Barrick from 1988 until 2006.
They had two children together, a daughter, Chelsea, and son, Taj.
The couple divorced in 2006, the same year Steven Tyler entered into a relationship with Erin Brady.