Sunday 4 December 2016

Get off of our songs, Rolling Stones tell Donald Trump

Published 04/05/2016 | 23:01

Sir Mick Jagger
Sir Mick Jagger

The Rolling Stones have told Donald Trump to stop playing their songs during his campaign.

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Presumptive Republican US presidential nominee Mr Trump does not have permission to use the band's music, the rock stars said.

Avid music fan Mr Trump has featured their tunes at his rallies for months as part of a diverse soundtrack that includes Sir Elton John, opera and classic rock songs.

The Rolling Stones' 1969 hit You Can't Always Get What You Want was a popular song choice for his events.

In a statement, the band said: "The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately."

Adele and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler have also asked Mr Trump to stop using their recorded songs to fire up crowds.

Mr Trump was said to have been playing Adele's hit Rolling In The Deep as "warm-up" music.

In February, Adele's spokesman said: "Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning."

Mr Trump is believed to be a fan of the Hello singer's work and attended her concert in New York.

The controversial White House hopeful faced a backlash last year when Tyler forced him to stop using the song Dream On during campaigning.

Mr Trump responded on Twitter saying he had the legal right to use the song, but had found "a better one to take its place".

He added: "Steven Tyler got more publicity on his song request than he's gotten in 10 years. Good for him!"

Neil Young also objected when Mr Trump used Rockin' In The Free World during the announcement of his campaign last year.

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