Washington (Talk Media News) – Sympathy for the Devil? Sure. Sympathy for the Donald? Not so much.
Shortly after the Republican party washed their hands and sealed their fate by accepting Donald Trump as their presumptive nominee, the Rolling Stones asked the candidate to stop playing their songs at his events.
“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 band said Wednesday.
The request comes after Trump played their song Start Me Up before delivering his victory speech on Tuesday night.
Tuesday’s use of the song was not the first time the Stones’ music has been played at Trump events.
The 1969 song You Can’t Always Get What You Want has been featured at Trump rallies, an interesting choice from the billionaire businessman who authored The Art of the Deal.
In February, a spokesperson for the Stones told the Daily Beast that Trump has not asked the band for permission to play their music.
Trump, who on Tuesday shouted out a controversial theory on who may have had a role in killing at least one Kennedy, reportedly approves the songs that can be played at his events.
The Rolling Stones are far from the first band to ask Trump to get their music off his iCloud.
In October, Boston-born rockers Aerosmith took issue with Trump playing Dream On, joining Neil Young and Michael Stipe from R.E.M, both vocal supporters of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, in asking their songs to be nixed as well.
In February, singer Adele also issued a statement saying that Trump lacked permission to play her music.
On Thursday, Trump responded to the Stones’ request on CNBC’s Squawk Box, saying that he has no problem with the band and that his campaign buys the rights to the music they pay.
Trump gave no indication that he would stop using their music.
There is a long history of artists asking Republican candidates to refrain from using their tunes.
Ronald Reagan’s campaign attempted to use Bruce Springsteen’s surprisingly dark criticism of the U.S. economy Born in the USA for their events, a request that was denied.
During the next election cycle, Bobby McFerrin asked George H.W. Bush to stop using “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”
Bush’s son, George W. Bush, had similar requests from Sting, the Orleans and Tom Petty.
2008 nominee John McCain appears to have struck the wrong chord with more artists than any previous candidate, drawing criticism over his playlists from John Cougar Mellencamp, Van Halen, Heart, Bon Jovi, Abba, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne and the Foo Fighters.
Democrats, however, have also been told no. Al Gore was told by Sting to not to play Brand New Day and Sam Moore, the surviving member of soul duo Sam & Dave, asked then-candidate Barack Obama to using Hold on, I’m Coming in 2008.