Rolling Stones Threaten to Sue Trump Over Use of Songs, Accuses Him of Being Racist
Mick Jagger and the rest of the British rock legends Rolling Stones threaten to sue President Donald Trump over the use of their songs at MAGA rallies.
Today, the band has taken an extra step to ultimately prevent Trump from using their song, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” from their 1969 album “Let It Bleed.” This came after the band had filed several cease and desist orders against the president. In fact, the band announced on Sunday that they had sought legal help from the music rights organization Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI), in an effort to stop Trump.
Previously, the president used the Rolling Stone’s song during a campaign appearance for the 2016 Republican primaries. Moreover, he had also used the song during his public acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. As a response, Keith Richards, the band’s guitarist, criticized the president and advocated to “get rid of” Trump in 2018.
In a statement from BMI, the organization claimed that they have already “notified” the president over the “unauthorized” use of the band’s song to promote a campaign that leaves “common sense behind.” The organization warned that the president will face legal repercussions if he continued to use the song, “If Trump disregards the exclusion and persists, he will face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed.”
The statement added that even “the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his to be used in a campaign of hate.” The statement cites that the rock icon “liked” to use his music to “‘bring people together.”
Petty died in October of 2017 due to accidental drug overdose from several pain medications, including Fentanyl and oxycodone. In a Twitter post, his loved ones criticize Trump over the use of his song “I Won’t Back Down” during the recently concluded Tulsa rally. The statement continued to say that the president does not “represent” the “noble ideas” that American democracy stands for. The statement concluded that the Petty’s family do not want their fans to think that the singer is “complicit” to support the administration.
This is not the first time that rock bands have condemned Trump for using their songs at his iconic MAGA rallies. Neil Young from Buffalo, Springfield also condemned Trump for using their 1990 single Rockin’ in the Free World during the 2018 pre-midterm campaign rallies. Upon receiving his American citizenship, Young penned a harsh, scathing, open letter to the president claiming that Trump had become a “disgrace in my country.” Young even went as far as to blame Trump for the environmental destruction and noting that Obama was a better President than he is.
Other bands include the Queen blasted Trump for using their song “We Are The Champions” during a 2016 Republican Party event in Cleveland, Ohio. Other Hollywood hotshots also chimed in with the criticisms, including Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Aerosmith, and Adele.