Rolling Stones to Trump: Stop Playing Our Music
The Rolling Stones on Wednesday called on Donald Trump to stop using their songs on the campaign trail.
“The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately,” a spokesman for the classic rock outfit said, according to Time magazine.
The Hill reports:
Time on Wednesday reported that Trump played the band’s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at Trump Tower in Manhattan the night before.
Trump blared the iconic jam after his victory in Indiana’s Republican presidential primary, a win that makes him the party’s most likely standard-bearer in November.
Time on Wednesday reported that Trump has played two other Rolling Stones songs, “Brown Sugar” and “Sympathy for the Devil,” during past campaign rallies.
The New Yorker reported last February that Trump personally compiles the playlists for his live appearances.
The billionaire is a dedicated Rolling Stones fan, it said, but also likes Elton John and songs from musicals like “Cats” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”
“Remember, the more inappropriate for a political event, the better,” a volunteer in charge of Trump’s playlist said of his musical tastes.
The Daily Beast reported in February that the Rolling Stones never gave Trump their blessing to appear on his public soundtrack.
“The band was not asked for permission to use the songs,” spokeswoman Fran Curtis said on Feb. 10.
The Stones’ denunciation of Trump on Wednesday is not the first time the popular British band has clashed with the real estate tycoon.
Guitarist Keith Richards allegedly threatened Trump with a knife during a disagreement in 1989, according to The Daily Mail.
Richards took issue with Trump’s involvement in promoting a major gig for his band in Atlantic City, the news publication said.
The legendary musician also marveled at the possibility of Trump ever winning the presidency last year, according to Vanity Fair.
“Can you imagine a President Trump?” Richards asked. “The worst nightmare. But we can’t say that, because it could happen. This is one of the wonders of this country. Who would’ve thought Ronald Reagan could be president?”
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