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.
Thursday night’s American Idol show saw a statuesque blonde woman who turned out to be a man in drag coming for audition.
And not just any man – Pepper was unveiled as former American Idol judge Steven Tyler.
The Aerosmith singer turned up at the end of Thursday night’s episode pretending to be a hopeful.
Viewers thought the hour-long show had ended.
But host Ryan Seacrest said: “Wait, we still have one more audition for you.”
Pepper was seen walking into the judges’ room.
And Keith Urban seemed to be the first to click that all was not what it seemed as he laughed and clapped.
“What the, what?” said Randy Jackson as he looked up.
Steven Tyler dressed as a woman for a secret American Idol audition
Steven Tyler, 64, in a blonde wig, black tights and heels and showing off a large bust – said in a husky voice: “My name is Pepper. I’m going to sing a song called <<Tell Your Ma, Tell Your Pa, Our Love Going to Grow, Wah Wah>>.
“But before I do I’m going to judge you all [bleeps] first.
“I like you men. The roosters may crow but the hens deliver the goods, do you know what I’m saying?”
He then cracked up as Randy Jackson shouted: “Steven Tyler is in the house!”
“Do I go through to Hollywood or what?” Steven Tyler asked.
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.
Despite reports that Jennifer Lopez was pushed out of American Idol by Fox network brass, the singer says Steven Tyler’s exit from the singing competition is the real reason she decided to call it quits.
“We had magic,” Jennifer Lopez revealed in a new interview with ABC News reporter Amy Robach on Sunday in Montreal, Canada.
“I don’t know, with him gone, it might be a different formula,” Jennifer Lopez said during a break from her concert at Bell Centre in Montreal.
Steven Tyler, 64, announced his departure on Thursday, saying he was leaving to return to his “first love”, Aerosmith.
A day later, Jennifer Lopez, 42, announced she would not be returning to American Idol because she wanted to resume her music and acting career.
Jennifer Lopez announced she would not be returning to American Idol because she wanted to resume her music and acting career
Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez joined the hit series judges for the 2011 season, alongside Randy Jackson who has been part of the original judges’ table since the show first began in 2002.
But over the weekend, The Los Angeles Times and Hollywood trade website Thewrap.com, both reported that Jennifer Lopez was “dumped by [U.S. network] Fox after asking for a $2 million raise in salary”, which would have taken her pay to a whopping $17 million.
Sources told The Wrap that Fox also opted not to pick up fellow judge Steven Tyler’s option to appear on the next season of the show.
According to thewrap.com, Jennifer Lopez was surprised that Fox did not try to negotiate with a counter offer when she asked for the extra cash.
Along with Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, several reports are also hinting that long serving judge Randy Jackson, 56, is also considering departing the show.
However, Randy Jackson has remained mum about the speculation surrounding his future on the series.
With her American Idol days done, Jennifer Lopez has taken to the road for her North American tour with singer Enrique Iglesias.
“I wouldn’t be a good judge,” the superstar singer told ABC News.
“It’s a lot of pressure, just thinking about, <<Oh my god, I just ruined this person’s career>>.”
Jennifer Lopez says no matter where she goes next in her own career she’ll never forgot the time she spent on American Idol.
“It got me back in touch with who I was, watching the contestants and singers,” she said.
“That’s why it’s hard to walk away.”
After years of dominating the U.S. ratings, American Idol has slipped in recent years, losing out to NBC’s Sunday Night Football last season, with ratings slipping by 23%.
The rest of Jennifer Lopez’s interview will air tomorrow in the U.S. on Good Morning America and Nightline.
Steven Tyler has announced he is quitting American Idol show to concentrate on his band.
Aerosmith frontman has been a judge on the US show since 2010 and was due to continue for its 12th season this autumn.
Steven Tyler’s departure comes as ratings continue to fall and fellow judge Jennifer Lopez considers her future.
The rocker said he thought “long” and “hard” about whether to continue but said the time was right to return to his “first love”, his band.
“I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress American Idol before she boils my rabbit.
“I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back – but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I’ve got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band.”
Steven Tyler has announced he is quitting American Idol show to concentrate on his band
Aerosmith is on a nationwide tour with Steven Tyler and has an album due out in the autumn.
Based on the UK show Pop Idol, American Idol first aired in 2002 and quickly became a major success, transforming music hopefuls such as Jennifer Hudson into stars.
By 2005 it had become the biggest show on US television.
However it has struggled to keep viewers hooked since the departure of Simon Cowell in 2010 to launch American X-Factor, which aired for the first time last year.
The season 11 finale drew 21.5 million viewers – a record low – and ended the season at No. 2 in the ratings, with an average 20 million viewers for the mid-week shows.
There is now a question mark over whether Jennifer Lopez will return for the 12th season, despite a contract worth a reported $12 million and the show’s undoubted boost to her career.
Speaking to the Press Association after Steven Tyler’s announcement, Jennifer Lopez said she was saddened to hear that he was leaving and was weighing up her own decision.
“I can’t even imagine anyone else there right now because I’ve just spent two years sitting next to him,” she said.
“I love Steven, and we became close during that time. We were a great support for each other, on an adventure that neither one of us knew what it was going to be. So it’s hard to hear that he won’t be doing it.”
Jennifer Lopez has already indicated that there is a strong likelihood that she will not return.
“All hope is never lost – not all hope – but at the same time, there are too many things that I need to think about,” she said.
Speculation about potential new panelists has focused on Mariah Carey, with former Idol runner-up Adam Lambert a popular choice among fans.
Commenting on Steven Tyler’s departure, Mark Darnell at Fox, said: “We are very sad that Steven has chosen to focus more on his music, but we always knew when we hired a rock ‘n’ roll legend, he would go back to music.”