It was previously reported that Steven Tyler had sent a “cease and desist” letter to the White House telling Donald Trump to stop playing Aerosmith songs at his rallies. Now, the singer has taken to Twitter to offer an explanation for his decision:
According to Variety, Steven Tyler has sent a “cease and desist” letter to the White House, through his attorney Dina LaPolt, telling Donald Trump to stop playing Aerosmith songs at his rallies. The issue came up after “Livin’ On The Edge” was played during an August 21 rally in West Virginia. This news comes after Tyler previously sent a letter to Trump in 2015 after he played “Dream On” during his election campaign rallies.
Here’s Tyler’s latest letter:
“It has come to our attention that President Donald J. Trump and/or The Trump Organization (collectively, “Mr. Trump”) have been using our client’s song “Livin’ On The Edge” in connection with political rally events (the Rallies”), including at an event held yesterday at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia on August 21, 2018. As expressly outlined in the Previous Letters, Mr. Trump does not have our client’s permission to use any of our client’s music, including “Livin’ On The Edge”.
What makes this violation even more egregious is that Mr. Trump’s use of our client’s music was previously shut down, not once, but two times, during his campaign for presidency in 2015. Please see the Previous Letters sent on behalf of our client attached here as Exhibit A. Due to your receipt of the Previous Letters, such conduct is clearly willful, subjecting Mr. Trump to the maximum penalty under the law.
As we have made clear numerous times, Mr. Trump is creating the false impression that our client has given his consent for the use of his music, and even that he endorses the presidency of Mr. Trump. By using “Livin’ On The Edge” without our client’s permission, Mr. Trump is falsely implying that our client, once again, endorses his campaign and/or his presidency, as evidenced by actual confusion seen from the reactions of our client’s fans all over social media. This specifically violates Section 43 of the Lanham Act, as it “is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person.”
Further, as we have also made clear, Mr. Trump needs our client’s express written permission in order to use his music. We demanded Mr. Tyler’s public performance societies terminate their licenses with you in 2015 in connection with “Dream On” and any other musical compositions written or co-written by Mr. Tyler. As such, we are unaware of any remaining public performance license still in existence which grants Mr. Trump the right use his music in connection with the Rallies or any other purpose. If Mr. Trump has any such license, please forward it to our attention immediately.
In addition, Mr. Tyler’s voice is easily recognizable and central to his identity, and any use thereof wrongfully misappropriates his rights of publicity. Mr. Trump does not have any right to use the name, image, voice or likeness of our client, without his express written permission.”
Aerosmith and rapper Post Malone took the stage together to close out this year’s edition of MTV’s VMAs. The performance started with Malone performing his track “Rockstar” with rapper 21 Savage. After that, Aerosmith took the stage to perform “Dream On” and “Toys in the Attic” with Malone playing guitar and singing.
Aerosmith were the musical guests on the August 16 episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” You can see footage of them performing “Mama Kin” and “Big Ten Inch Record” on the show below:
Aerosmith have officially announced their 2019 “Deuces Are Wild” Las Vegas residency. It will kickoff at the Park Theater at the new Park MGM in April. There will be a number of pre-sales and VIP options with more info available over at Ticketmaster. Here’s the dates:
April 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 23, 26
June 19, 22, 24, 27, 29
July 2, 4, 7, 9
Aerosmith are set to perform on Thursday’s (August 16) episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” That performance will follow the band’s previously announced August 15 appearance on the “Today” show, where they are expected to announce their 2019 Las Vegas residency.
According to Best Classic Bands, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry has revealed that the band will be celebrating their 50th anniversary with a Las Vegas residency. He confirmed the news during a live interview on “Fab Fourum” on SiriusXM’s Beatles Channel. The official announcement will be made during the group’s August 15 appearance on the “Today” show.
Perry said the following:
“We’re going to be doing a residency in Vegas starting next spring. What we want to do is something that I haven’t seen before… just downsizing our live show, just playing in a smaller place. We want to do something different. We’re in the middle of the production now. What we’re talking about is having an experience that you wouldn’t be able to see on a regular Aerosmith tour.”
“I feel like we’ve been out of the wind for a while and it seems like it would be a really cool thing to bring some of the history back, so the production is gonna look like that. But without losing what we are: a hardcore rock and roll band.
“We’re having almost weekly conversations about the production and how we’re gonna keep it true and honest to the heartbeat of the rock and roll that we play but still add an element that people will want to see. I haven’t been this excited about a project with Aerosmith in quite a while.”