With Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee, what could possibly soothe the pain of those who hate the man? Well, maybe the Rolling Stones.
Apparently, Trump had used a song by the band at his victory rally after Indiana last Tuesday. (Strangely, reports were contradictory as to which song was actually played. He has used the band’s tunes multiple times, though.) And, most certainly, the band did not approve. They issued an official statement, saying:
‘The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately.’
According to Travis Andrews of The Washington Post, the real estate mogul turned despised presidential candidate may have every right to use the song, along with any other one from the band. But, in addition to that, the band probably has every right to go after his usage of their music. Some previous instances like this one have ended in lawsuits, with the candidate losing and paying up fees to the artist.
Music has a long history of being involved in the political field. This very year, multiple other musicians have made a similar demand of Donald Trump. These persons include singers from Adele to Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.Watch a video highlighting some of these instances below, via the Washington Post.
And musicians haven’t just been involved in that sort of activism either. In the after math of the passing of an anti-LGBT piece of legislation by the state of North Carolina -which has now been declared to be in violation of federal law- groups from Boston to Pearl Jam canceled their upcoming North Carolina shows.
In addition, earlier this year, the rock band Cheap Trick smacked down the GOP by refusing to play at the party’s nominating convention in July. But, oh, they didn’t just say no. They went on the record saying that they’d have to make swastika guitars if they were going to play there, and the thud was heard round the world. (The rockers are famous for their untraditional instruments.) They gave real air to the feeling of so many, namely that reincarnation is real and the Nazi-Republican Party is living proof.
And on top of all of that, and on a more positive note, a long list of musicians have endorsed the Democratic underdog candidate US Senator Bernie Sanders. His backers include musicians from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to REM.
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