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Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Tells Donald Trump To Stop Using His Music

The rocker's attorney sent the Trump campaign a cease-and-desist letter after it used "Dream On" at political events.

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Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has asked Donald Trump to stop using his music at campaign events without permission.

Attorneys for Tyler sent the Trump campaign a cease-and-desist letter on Saturday, telling the real estate mogul and Republican presidential hopeful to stop using Aerosmith's "Dream On."

According to the letter, the campaign's use of the song "gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump's presidential bid."

An attorney for Tyler said in a statement that the letter was not a sign of a personal issue, but a matter of permission and protecting artists' copyright.

"Steven wrote 100% of 'Dream On,' and this is about the unauthorized use of his property," attorney Dina LaPolt said.

The letter was a follow-up to a previous request for Trump to not use Aerosmith music after an Aug. 21 event. Tyler and his attorneys are now requesting compliance within 24 hours, or they could take other legal actions.

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Since the first letter, the campaign has continued to use the song as the soundtrack to Trump's entrance to several events, including this weekend's rally in Georgia.

Last year, Trump praised Aerosmith and Tyler in particular after their performance in New Jersey.

I attended @Aerosmith concert last night in Newark, NJ. Doesn’t get any better than that. @IamStevenT was fantastic, great energy!

Trump and his wife Melania posed for a photo with Tyler, and the frontman called out to the Trumps before performing "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."

Trump later invited Tyler to August's GOP candidate debate, the Washington Post reported. Tyler is a registered Republican.

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Trump has previously run afoul of artists for using their music in his presidential run. R.E.M. and Neil Young have told the campaign to cease and desist in recent months.


Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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