Neil Young has criticised Donald Trump for using his song ‘Rockin In The Free World’ to mark the launch of his US Presidential candidacy campaign.
The businessman and TV personality announced that he will run in the race to be the Republican candidate in the 2016 election. Holding a press conference at Trump Towers in New York on Tuesday (June 17) to confirm the news, Trump took to the stage with Young’s 1989 song playing in the background.
Watch footage of Trump taking to the stage to Young’s ‘Rockin In The Free World’ below.
Representatives of Young issued a statement soon after damning Trump’s use of the track. “Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” the statement read. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”
However, Trump’s camp later told TMZ that they “paid for and obtained the legal right” to use the song for their campaign launch.
On hearing the news, David Crosby took to Twitter to write: “Trump has picked a fight with the wrong guy …bad idea”. See that tweet beneath.
— David Crosby (@thedavidcrosby) June 16, 2015
Meanwhile, Young will release his 36th studio album, ‘The Monsanto Years’, later this month. He recorded the LP with Promise Of The Real, his new band featuring Willie Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Micah. The record features protest songs aimed at Monsanto, a controversial agricultural company that Young has been publicly condemning for years. The singer will release a documentary film about the making of the record alongside the LP.