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Aerosmith's Steve Tyler doesn't want Donal Trump using 'Dream On' at campaign events

Recording artist Steven Tyler attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Recording artist Steven Tyler attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Steve Tyler has reportedly asked Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to stop using one of his songs on his campaign trail.

The Aerosmith frontman sent a second cease and desist letter to Trump on Saturday regarding Trump's use of his song 'Dream On'.

AP reports that the letter says that Trump does "not have our client's permission to use 'Dream On'" or any other of Tyler's songs.

It added that Trump's use of the son gives "the false impression thathe is connected with or endorses Mr Tymp's presidential bid."

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It's not the first time a musician has taken umbrage at Trump's use of their music at campaign events.

When Trump announced his intention to run for president he kicked off his press conference with Neil Young's 'Rockin in the Free World'.

Young, however, was not best pleased by Trump's use of his song.

The singer released a statement via his management company saying, "Donald Trump was not authorized to use 'Rockin' in the Free World' in his presidential candidacy announcement.

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“Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”

The song was released in 1989 at a time when Neil Young was crticising George H. W. Bush and blasting republicans.

Trump, who is seeking the Republican nomination for President, is apparently a fan of Young's music and will continue to be so whether Young likes that or not.

When contacted by Rolling Stone, a spokesperson for Trump said that the track was used legally.  They added, "Mr. Trump is a huge fan of Neil Young and his music and will continue to be regardless of Neil's political views."

Last month REM had some choice words for Trump when he used the band's 1987 song 'It's the End of the World as We Know It' to get the crowd energised at a Tea Party rally in Washington.

Frontman Michael Stipe took to Twitter to insist that the band had not authorised Trump to play the song.

The singer communicated with fans via bassist Mike Mill's Twitter account.

And it wasn't just Presidential candidate Trump who he was aiming the statement at.

"Go f*** yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men," Stipe wrote to politicians. "Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign."

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