Donald Trump defies The Rolling Stones’ ban on his music

Trump carries on playing Stones hit, having had a knife pulled on him by Keith Richards

Donald Trump has defied The Rolling Stones’ ban on his music by playing ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ at the end of his speech at the Republican National Convention.

In May, the Stones issued a statement saying they hadn’t given permission for Trump to use the 1969 song, saying: “We have requested Trump cease all use immediately.”

But Trump played the song at the end of his 75-minute speech to Republican party members in Cleveland last night (July 22).


It’s the second time in two days that Trump has defied instructions not to use certain songs, after playing Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’ at the Convention on Wednesday, despite Brian May urging Trump not to use the song in June.

A Stones source told NME: “This is unlikely to go further. We asked politely, Trump has ignored us.”

It has also emerged that Keith Richards threatened to pull a knife on Trump when the businessman sponsored a Rolling Stones gig in 1989.

Trump sponsored a show on the Stones’ tour for their album ‘Steel Wheels’ at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk arena. But part of the conditions stated that Trump wasn’t allowed to publicise his involvement in the gig beyond putting his name to the show.

When the band arrived at the venue, they found Trump giving a press conference. After the band’s tour manager Michael Cohl told Trump to stop, Keith Richards threw a knife on the table.


Cohl told Pollstar: “Keith said ‘What the hell do I have you for? Do I have to go over there and fire him myself? One of us is leaving the building, either him or us.”

The tour manager said that Trump left, with one of the Presidential candidate’s three security guards “putting on brass knuckles” and The Rolling Stones’ crew “getting tire irons, hockey sticks and screwdrivers” in retaliation.