Rolling Stones To Trump: Please Stop Starting Us Up

AP

The Rolling Stones have joined a steady stream of musicians asking GOP frontrunner Donald Trump to stop playing their music at his campaign events.

“The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately,” the band said Wednesday in a statement obtained by the BBC.

Trump routinely takes the stage at rallies and victory speeches to the British rock band’s songs. “Start Me Up,” “Sympathy For The Devil,” “Brown Sugar” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” are particular favorites.

Asked about the band’s cease-and-desist request Thursday morning on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Trump said, “I have no problem with it.”

“I like their songs,” he continued. “You know, we use so many songs. We have the rights to use them. I always buy the rights.”

Several other artists have asked Trump to stop playing their songs, including Adele, Aerosmith and Neil Young. In one of the more colorful requests, R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe called Trump a “sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry” man and told him to stop using his band’s music for his “moronic charade of a campaign.”

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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