Steven Tyler is not at all happy that President Donald Trump continues to use Aerosmith songs at his rallies. The latest incident occurred during Trump’s rally at the Charleston Civic Center in West Virginia this week, where the band’s “Livin’ on the Edge” was played.
Tyler was so upset by the use of the song that he had his lawyers send a “cease and desist” letter to the White House, arguing that by playing the song Trump is giving off the impression that Tyler has endorsed the president.
This isn’t the first time Tyler has gotten his lawyers involved when it comes to Trump. He had a similar letter sent during the 2015 campaign when Trump used Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” At the time lawyers argued Trump "was violating Mr. Tyler’s copyright,” and then BMI pulled the public performance rights for the song.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT DEMS VS. REPUB. I DO NOT LET ANYONE USE MY SONGS WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. MY MUSIC IS FOR CAUSES NOT FOR POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS OR RALLIES. PROTECTING COPYRIGHT AND SONGWRITERS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN FIGHTING FOR EVEN BEFORE THIS CURRENT ADMINISTRATION TOOK OFFICE.— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) August 22, 2018