Steven Tyler, the frontman of the legendary 1970’s rock band, Aerosmith, is trying to stop the president, Donald Trump, from continuing to use their music during his political rallies. This comes after the controversial politician used the song, “Livin’ On The Edge,” at his rally in West Virginia yesterday, Tuesday, August 21st.
According to a report from Variety, Steven sent a cease-and-desist letter to the White House via his legal counsel, Dina LaPolt. In the letter, his attorney used the Lanham Act, the clause that prohibits the “misleading description or representation of fact,” which leads to an error of affiliation or connection.
In her letter, she stated Trump was inadvertently creating the impression that Steven and the other members of the band are endorsing Trump’s administration.
Tyler, Joe Perry, and Mark Hudson wrote the song back in 1993, “Livin On The Edge.” According to Dina, Steven’s voice is recognizable to the public, and the use of it characterizes him in a way that is unacceptable as well as illicit.
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The president doesn’t have the right to use Steven’s likeness, name, image, or voice, without express permission, the attorney explained. As you may or not know, this isn’t the first time Aerosmith has tried to thwart Trump’s use of their music.
Back in 2015, Tyler’s lawyer sent another letter telling him to stop using the song, “Dream On,” at his campaign rallies. At the time, Dina made a similar declaration, explaining that the president was misleading the public to believe Tyler endorses the president.
Tyler isn’t the only artist to distance themselves from the contentious political figure. Famously, many artists denied Trump’s invitation to perform at his inauguration in 2016.
Trump and his team ended up securing the band, 3 Doors Down, who is most famous for their songs in the early 2000’s, including Away From The Sun, and The Better Life.