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Aerosmith Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter to Donald Trump for Use of 'Dream On'

by William Hoffman   Oct 12, 2015 17:40 PM EDT

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Rock stars over the yeas are typically liberal -- not unanimously, but certainly overwhelmingly to the left -- which might explain why Donald Trump has had trouble securing songs for his campaign, receiving criticism from artists such as Neil Young, R.E.M. and most recently Aerosmith for the use of the band's song "Dream On." According to Hollywood Reporter, Aerosmith and specifically lead singer Steven Tyler's representatives filed a cease-and-desist letter to the Trump Campaign denying him use of the song "Dream On" and any other songs from the band's catalog.

"Trump for President does not have our client's permission to use 'Dream On' or any of our client's other music in connection with the Campaign because it gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump's presidential bid," the cease-and-desist letter read according to Rolling Stone. "If Trump for President does not comply with our demands, our client will be forced to pursue any and all legal or equitable remedies which our client may have against you."

This isn't the first time Trump has been warned about his usage of the song. Following an August 21 rally in Mobile, Alabama, Aerosmith warned him not to use "Dream On." However, he continued to use the song both at campaign stops including rallies in Atlanta this weekend as well as in Las Vegas, where he air drummed along to the song.

It's odd the letter would come from Aerosmith given the band's connections to Trump and the party. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has previously proclaimed himself an "old-school Republican" during a 2012 interview and Perry has had multiple encounters with the presidential hopeful. These run-ins include Perry's invitation to be Trump's special guest at the first GOP presidential debate in August and serving as a judge on Trump's Miss USA pageant. Rolling Stone speculates it might be a case of the band as a whole wanting to remain politically neutral.

Listen to "Dream On" below.

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