R.E.M. Exploring ‘All Legal Avenues’ to Stop Pres. Trump From Using Their Songs at Campaign Rallies
According to Billboard R.E.M. have spoken out once again about Pres. Trump’s use of their songs at his campaign rallies. After Trump reportedly played the group’s “Everybody Hurts” and “Losing My Religion” at his re-election gathering in Milwaukee on Tuesday, bassist Mike Mills tweeted that legal action is being considered.
“We are aware that the President* @realDonaldTrump continues to use our music at his rallies,” wrote Mills. “We are exploring all legal avenues to prevent this, but if that’s not possible please know that we do not condone the use of our music by this fraud and con man.” (And, if you’ve got a minute, check out Mills’ excellent, often hilarious re-trolling of his trolls.)
We are aware that the President* @realDonaldTrump continues to use our music at his rallies. We are exploring all legal avenues to prevent this, but if that’s not possible please know that we do not condone the use of our music by this fraud and con man.
The Rolling Stones are the latest band to ask Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, to stop playing their music during his campaign events and rallies.
“The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately,” the British band’s publicist, Fran Curtis, told CNN in a statement Thursday.
Trump was defiant in October after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, asking the billionaire mogul not to play “Dream On” at his rallies.
Trump played the song anyway, but then tweeted that he has “a better one to take its place!”