The Rolling Stones Threaten Legal Action… If Trump Uses Their Music
The Rolling Stones are threatening legal action against President Trump if he keeps using their music at campaign rallies. The legendary rock band lead by Mick Jagger sent a warning letter to the Trump campaign after they used the song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at the Tulsa rally. A statement released by the band said that the group was working with BMI to ensure the incident does not repeat.
BMI warns Donald Trump Campaign to stop playing Rolling Stones songs: https://t.co/DWZ26dCglg
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) June 27, 2020
This is not the first time Trump has used music from The Stones without permission. He used the same song back in 2016. The band tweeted a response saying, “The Rolling Stones do not endorse Donald Trump.” The statement by the band also said that “further steps to exclude” President Trump utilizing music by The Rolling Stones for campaign purposes is necessary because “cease and desist directives” had not been heeded.
BMI says that it has informed the Trump campaign that further unauthorized use of The Rolling Stones’ music would result in legal action being taken. The Stones are not the only ones who do not want Trump to use their music. Last week the family of the late Tom Petty also condemned Trump for using his music without permission. Petty’s family put out a statement calling Trump’s campaign a “campaign of hate” and saying that Petty’s music was for the underdog and that he did not support the President.
It is not unusual for musicians to dislike politicians on the right. It is often difficult for conservative politicians to use popular music at their campaign rallies since the music industry tends to lean left. It will be interesting to see if Trump heeds the warning from The Rolling Stones.