Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is taking Donald Trump to task once again for using Aerosmith’s songs at his rallies. On Tuesday (August 21st), during his appearance at West Virginia’s Charleston Civic Center, Aerosmith’s “Livin’ On The Edge” was blasted through the arena as the crowd filed in. Variety reported: “Tyler has in turn sent a ‘cease and desist’ letter through his attorney Dina LaPolt to the White House accusing the President of willful infringement in broadcasting the song, which was written by Tyler, Joe Perry, and Mark Hudson. . . Citing the Lanham Act, which prohibits ‘any false designation or misleading description or representation of fact. . . likely to cause confusion. . . as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person.'” Tyler’s attorney maintains that playing an Aerosmith song in a public arena “gives the false impression that Tyler is endorsing Trump’s presidency.”
Back in 2015, Trump and Tyler butted heads over the dame issue when Aerosmith’s 1973 classic “Dream On” was used at Trump rallies, in which Tyler formally pressed the campaign to stop using his songs as it violated his copyright. BMI eventually squashed the issue by pulling the performance rights for the song. There is no word as to whether Tyler will demand the rights to “Livin’ On The Edge” — which is administered through ASCAP — to also be pulled.
Joe Perry recently explained to us that early on he realized that Aerosmith provided a very specific thing for rock fans: “I always felt after the first generation went around and we started seein’ the audience change from being our age to the next, I realized that we had to stick to our guns and it wasn’t gonna be any, like, I mean all of a sudden punk is there, or disco, or whatever. Does that mean we gotta change our whole thing? It was kinda, like, ‘We’re gonna do our stuff.’ I mean the first time was saw Kiss, we saw Kiss go down in the most amazing way. The audience loved ’em. So, we just stuck to our guns and kept writing songs and turned the guitars up.”
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