Aerosmith Frontman to Trump: Stop Doing That

Steven Tyler doesn't want Trump using his songs
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2018 4:00 PM CDT
Updated Aug 22, 2018 4:35 PM CDT
Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.   (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Steven Tyler is not President Trump's biggest fan. Case in point: The Aerosmith frontman's attorney has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the White House demanding that Trump stop using the band's song "Living' on the Edge" at rallies, Variety reports. Trump's team had just blared the 1993 Aerosmith song at a Trump rally at West Virginia's Charleston Civic Center on Tuesday (as captured in this video tweeted by CNN's Jim Acosta). "Mr. Trump is creating the false impression that our client has given his consent for the use of his music, and even that he endorses the presidency of Mr. Trump," the letter reads.

"... 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," the letter adds. Indeed, it's not the first such cease-and-desist from Tyler to Trump: Tyler's legal team told the then-candidate not to use the song "Dream On" while campaigning, Rolling Stone reports. Yet Tyler appears to be alone behind the letters. His "Livin' on the Edge" co-writer, lead guitarist Joe Perry, and bandmate Joey Kramer are avid Republicans.

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