On Wednesday, Rolling Stones asked Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, to put an end to the use of their music for his campaign. Similar demands have been made by artists such as Adele and REM.
It was Tuesday night when the business mogul closed up the Republican nomination with a victory speech at the Trump Tower. While he exited the stage, the music sent a message about his general election campaign: “Start Me Up.”
The song is a “rough and thumping anthem” by the Rolling Stones, says Canberra Times.
According to a spokesperson for the legendary British band, the Rolling Stones has never issued a permissive statement to his campaign to use its songs.
The spokesperson said that the band has requested that they cease all use immediately. However, there has been no respond from a representative for his campaign, when a request for comment was made on Wednesday.
At least three other songs by the Rolling Stones were played at his rallies. The Republican nominee has been known to play “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Brown Sugar.”
According to a campaign volunteer, the reality TV star had personally made the playlist. The playlist also features Elton John and music from “Cats” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”
There is a history of advertorial usage of the Rolling Stones’ song. It was the first Stones song used in a TV commercial by Microsoft.
According to Times, the band might be more fond of Bill Gates than of Trump.
The real estate mogul’s candidacy started off with Canadian rocker Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.” The Republican nominee was blasted off due to this, during his candidacy announcement.
Adele and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler have both ordered the presidential candidate to stop using their music.
Republicans have struggled while trying to find rock music to go with their campaign. Musicians have also requested Democratic campaigns stop using a song but that has occurred twice.