The Rolling Stones ask Donald Trump to stop playing their songs

The band join the likes of Steven Tyler and Adele in their request

The Rolling Stones have asked Donald Trump to stop playing their songs at campaign events.

The US Republican Presidential candidate has played the likes of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ and ‘Start Me Up’ during rallies.

In a statement released today (May 4), the Stones said they hadn’t given Trump permission to use their music and “requested that they cease all use immediately”.


As The Hollywood Reporter reports, politicians don’t need an artist’s permission to use their music at rallies as long as their party has a blanket license, which covers all of the music in the group’s catalogue.

The band aren’t the first to request Trump stop using their songs at his events. Adele and Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler have done the same, while Neil Young objected to ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ being used at his initial campaign events. Trump stopped using all of those artists’ songs after the requests were made.


Yesterday (May 3), details were confirmed for Desert Trip, the new festival from the organisers of Coachella. The event will take place at the same location in Indio, California, between October 7-9.

The line-up features the Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, The Who and Roger Waters.

The festival is described in a press release as a “once-in-a-lifetime concert” featuring “six of the world’s most iconic and influential rock and roll artists”.