The Rolling Stones on Wednesday demanded presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump stop playing their music. “The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately,” a Stones spokesman said, according to Time magazine.
The night before this demand was made, Trump played the band’s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at Trump Tower in Manhattan. The iconic jam was played after Trump’s victory in Indiana’s Republican presidential primary. The Trump campaign have played two other Rolling Stones songs during previous rallies, “Brown Sugar” and “Sympathy for the Devil.”
The New Yorker reported last February that Trump compiles the playlists for his appearances. The billionaire is a dedicated Rolling Stones fan but also likes to play Elton John and songs from musicals.
“Remember, the more inappropriate for a political event, the better,” a volunteer in charge of Trump’s playlist said.
The Stones’ denunciation of Trump is not the first time the band has clashed with the real estate tycoon. Guitarist Keith Richards allegedly threatened Trump with a knife during a disagreement in 1989, according to The Daily Mail.
Richards took issue with Trump’s involvement in promoting a major gig for his band in Atlantic City. Last year, the legendary musician also marveled at the possibility of Trump ever winning the presidency.
“Can you imagine a President Trump?” Richards said. “The worst nightmare, but we can’t say that, because it could happen. This is one of the wonders of this country. Who would’ve thought Ronald Reagan could be president?”
The Rolling Stone’s are not unusual in their complaint.
Musicians such as Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne have all spoken up about politicians using their music. The Rolling Stones were upset with German Chancellor Angela Merkel using their song “Angie”, and in 2008 President Barack Obama was asked by Samuel Moore of Sam and Dave to stop using the song, “Hold On, I’m Comin.”