Monday, October 12, 2015

Steven Tyler issues legal notice to Donald Trump over use of Dream On

Representatives for Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler have issued a cease and desist order to Donald Trump over his use of Tyler’s “Dream On” at public events as part of his Presidential campaign.

"Trump for President does not have our client’s permission to use 'Dream On' or any of our client’s other music in connection with the Campaign because it gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid," states a cease and desist letter according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Trump’s camp reportedly has 24 hours to acknowledge receipt of the letter before Tyler’s representatives would consider legal action alternatives.

"This is not a political nor personal issue with Mr. Trump,” explains Tyler’s attorney Dina LaPolt in the letter. “Steven works tirelessly with both Republicans and Democrats regarding copyright reform and his position has always been consistent regarding copyright and intellectual property.

“Simply, one must get permission from the music creators. Steven wrote 100% of 'Dream On,' and this is about the un-authorized use of his property. Steven is a registered Republican."

The documents indicate that Trump’s campaign was warned about using the song after they did so at an August 21 event in Mobile, AL.

Aerosmith first released “Dream On” as a single in June 1973; the song peaked at number 59 nationally but hit big in the band's native Boston, where it was the number 1 single of the year on the less commercial top 40 station, WBZ-FM, number 5 for the year on highly rated Top 40 WRKO-AM and number 16 on heritage Top 40 WMEX-AM.

Thee album version of "Dream On" (as opposed to the 1973 single edit) was re-issued early in 1976, eventually reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Aerosmith’s first major hit.

Tyler and the group recently released “Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014”, which captures the band’s headline performance on the final night of the Download Festival in Donington Park.

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