Hey, You! Rolling Stones warn Trump of legal action over song use

British rock legends The Rolling Stones appointed performing rights organisation BMI to try to stop US President Donald Trump from using the song.
British rock legends The Rolling Stones appointed performing rights organisation BMI to try to stop US President Donald Trump from using the song.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - British rock legends The Rolling Stones have threatened legal action against US President Donald Trump for the leader's use of their song You Can't Always Get What You Want at campaign rallies.

The band has appointed performing rights organisation BMI to try to stop him using the song, according to a statement given to US website Deadline overnight on Saturday (June 27).

"The BMI have notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorised use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement," read the statement, which was retweeted by the Rolling Stones official Twitter account.

"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 letter is the latest in a campaign to stop Mr Trump using the song at rallies which dates back to 2016.

It was initially played at Republican party primaries.

The BMI added that it has not yet received any response from lawyers acting for Mr Trump.

The Stones are not the first major act to call on the president to stop using their songs.

Earlier this month, the family of rock musician Tom Petty issued a cease and desist letter over Mr Trump's use of I Won't Back Down at a rally in Tulsa on June 20.

His family posted an open letter on Twitter saying the late singer "would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate".

 
 

Queen complained when Mr Trump walked on stage to their anthem We Are The Champions during a Republican Party event in Cleveland, Ohio, in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Aerosmith, Adele, Neil Young and the estate of singer Prince have all hit out after the use of songs by Mr Trump.

And singer Betty Buckley also recently urged composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to stop the president using Memory at his campaign rallies.

Ms Buckley sang the song in the original Broadway production of Cats in the early 1980s.

You Can't Always Get What You Want was a track first heard 51 years ago, on the 1969 album Let It Bleed.

Written by frontman Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, it was voted by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 500 greatest songs of all time.