Singer Phil Collins hit Donald Trump with a cease and desist letter banning the president from playing his hit, In The Air Tonight at MAGA rallies, claiming he played the song as an “inappropriate” satirical reference to COVID-19.
Trump played the 1981 hit of the British rocker at his rally in Des Moines, Iowa, October 14, and at several other stops along his campaign trail.
Collins’ attorneys had issued an injunction to Trump in June for playing his music, but Trump’s team never responded to the attorneys.
In a letter dated October 23, Collins attorneys reiterated their request that Trump play “In The Air Tonight” and not play any other songs from Collins’ library.
Singer Phil Collins hit Donald Trump’s campaign with a cease and desist letter to forbid the president from playing his hit “In the Air Tonight” at MAGA rallies
Trump blew Collins’ song at his rally in Des Moines, Iowa on October 14 this month and at several other stops on his campaign. Collins’ attorneys had issued an injunction to Trump immediately after the Iowa rally, but Trump’s team never responded to the attorneys. Trump at the rally on October 14th in Des Moines
“We wrote to you on June 24, 2020, demanding that the Trump campaign no longer violate the musical copyright on the musical work” In the Air Tonight … We did not receive the courtesy of a response to our letter, “the received one said Letter from TMZ says.
It was also pointed out in our previous letter that the campaign’s use of the work is an implicit and false endorsement from Mr Trump. Reference was also made to Mr. Collins’ express and unambiguous statement that he did not wish to have any connection with the President of the Trump campaign, ”the letter added.
Collins attorneys determined that the song’s use was not only “totally unauthorized” but also “inappropriate” as it was played as a satirical reference to COVID-19.
The song was played in Iowa at a time when the Midwestern state was suffering from a surge in COVID-19 infections.
,Mr. Collins does not condone the obvious trivialization of COVID-19, ”the letter said.
The campaign played the song “In The Air Tonight” in the background when Air Force One landed at Des Moines International Airport on October 14th
As the plane with the President neared landing, the song was playing in the background. When Trump planned Air Force One and came down the stairs, he was greeted with thunderous applause. The president made a big appearance on Survivor’s hit Eye of the Tiger
“In these circumstances, we renew our call for immediate assurances that the Trump campaign will cease and desist the continued use of Mr. Collin’s name, performance and music at future rallies or otherwise,” the letter reads .
At the Des Moines rally, ‘In The Air Tonight’ was playing to hundreds of supporters gathering near the tarmac at Des Moines International Airport when Trump arrived on Air Force One.
As the plane with the President neared landing, the song was playing in the background.
When Trump planned Air Force One and came down the stairs, he was greeted with thunderous applause. The president made a big appearance on Survivor’s hit Eye of the Tiger.
Collins’ rep told Consequence of Sound that the campaign did not have the artist’s permission to use the song.
“Yes, we are well aware of the Trump campaign’s use of this song and have already” issued “a cease-and-desist letter through our lawyers who continue to monitor the situation, the spokesman said.
The family of Tom Petty (left), who passed away in 2017, called on the president’s campaign to stop playing his hit I Won’t Back Down at his rallies. The Rolling Stones (led by frontman Mick Jagger, shown on the right) once threatened legal action to get Trump to stop using the band’s material
Collins is the latest in a long line of at least 20 artists who have beaten Trump back using their music in rallies.
Village People’s singer Victor Willis recently called on the president to stop playing his band’s hits Macho Man and YMCA at his rallies.
Earlier this year, the late rocker Tom Petty’s family posted a warning letter to the campaign after playing I Won’t Back Down.
The family said the song was written for the “outsider” and the “common man” and that the president did not represent it.
The Rolling Stones, Rihanna, REM, Prince, Panic! At the disco, Pharrell Williams, Nickelback, Neil Young, Adele, George Harrison, Elton John, Guns N ‘Roses and Luciana Pavarotti have declined to use their material during the Trump rallies.
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