The Rolling Stones said Sunday they are prepared to take legal action over the continued use of their music at President TrumpDonald John TrumpFour men charged for trying to tear down Andrew Jackson statue in DC Video shows workers removed social distancing signs before Trump Tulsa rally: WaPo Biden slams Trump for not sanctioning Russia over Afghan militant ‘bounties’ intelligence MORE’s campaign rallies despite cease-and-desist directives from the rock icons.
The band said its legal representatives are currently working with performers-rights group Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) to prevent the campaign’s continued use of their songs, The Associated Press reported.
“The BMI have notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement,” the band said in a statement, according to the AP. “If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists, then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed.’’
The Stones initially submitted a complaint during the president’s 2016 campaign. Trump frequently exits to their 1969 hit “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” and it was most recently played at his recent rally in Tulsa, Okla., his first since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Stones are not the first artists to either complain about Trump’s use of their music or to attempt to stop it through legal action. Relatives of the late Tom Petty said earlier this month they have also issued a cease-and-desist directive after the campaign used his song “Won’t Back Down” at the Tulsa rally, saying “Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate.”
Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie last week tweeted: “You’re not invited. Stop playing my song,” after the president entered to one of the band’s songs at a Phoenix event.
Numerous other musicians have either requested the campaign discontinue use of their music at his events or threatened legal action over it over the years, including Neil Young, Adele, Rihanna, Elton John and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.