Steven Tyler wants Donald Trump to stop using “Dream On.” The Aerosmith frontman has threatened to sue the Republican presidential candidate if he doesn’t stop using his band’s iconic 1973 power ballad during his campaign rallies. Steven Tyler sent a cease-and-desist letter to Donald Trump after “Dream On” was played at a campaign rally in Georgia over the weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter on Oct. 11.
Interestingly, Steven Tyler attended Donald Trump’s debate as his guest in August, according to Us Weekly. But the rocker’s cease-and-desist letter states that the real estate giant does not have permission to use “Dream On” because it gives the false impression that Tyler endorses Trump’s presidential bid.
Of course, Steven Tyler isn’t the first rock legend to butt heads with Donald Trump over his campaign music. Earlier this year, Neil Young called out the Donald for using his classic song, “Rockin’ in the Free World,” as the theme song for his presidential bid announcement. Entertainment Weekly revealed that the Young released a statement through his management company that said: “Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”
Other rockers who’ve butted heads with politicians over campaign songs include Katrina and the Waves singer Katrina Leskanich, who threatened legal action against Michele Bachmann after she played her ‘80s hit “Walking On Sunshine” on her campaign trail, and rocker Tom Petty, who demanded George W. Bush stop using his song “I Won’t Back Down” during the 2000 presidential campaign against Al Gore. When Sarah Palin used Heart’s “Barracuda” during the 2008 GOP convention, Ann and Nancy Wilson sent a cease-and-desist letter to the McCain-Palin campaign, stating that Palin’s “views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women.”
As for Steven Tyler, this is not the first time the Aerosmith rocker has asked Donald Trump to stop playing his band’s music. Tyler’s lawyers originally warned the former “Celebrity Apprentice” host about not using the song anymore on Aug. 21, after a rally in Alabama. But it sounds like Trump didn’t get the memo – or simply ignored it.