US Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich sued for using ‘Eye Of The Tiger’

Survivor have said that the presidential hopeful has used the 1982 classic without their permission

Newt Gingrich, who is among the frontrunners to become the Republican candidate for the US Presidency, is facing a lawsuit over his use of ‘Eye Of The Tiger’.

The track was recorded by the band Survivor and was first released in 1982, but is perhaps best known for its appearance in the classic boxing film Rocky III.

According to TMZ, Rude Music Inc, a firm which is owned by a member of the band Survivor, filed a lawsuit yesterday (January 30) in Illinois and claims that Gingrich has used the song as his intro music at various events since 2009, despite never having sought permission from the band to do so.

The lawsuit demands that Gingrich stop using the track immediately and also pays Rude Music Inc an unspecified amount of damages.

You can watch a video of Gingrich walking out to address a packed conference hall while ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ plays in the background by scrolling down to the bottom of the screen and clicking.

Gingrich, who was formerly speaker in the US House Of Representatives, has yet to comment on the lawsuit.