Phil Collins Issues a Cease-and-Desist to Donald Trump After Iowa Rally

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Phil Collins has issued a cease-and-desist order against President Donald Trump after his Iowa campaign rally.

Trump played “In The Air Tonight” at an event in Des Moines, Iowa, on October 14th. During that event, Collins’ iconic 1981 track could be heard in the background. Representatives for Collins say they issued the order. Collins’ cease-and-desist order joins The Rolling Stones and countless others who want their music removed from Trump rallies.

“Yes, we are well aware of the Trump campaign’s use of this song, and we have already issued a ‘cease and desist’ letter via our lawyers who continue to monitor the situation,” the representative says.

Trump has faced stiff opposition from many artists who refuse to have their music played at his campaign events. The estate of Tom Petty, Linkin Park, Neil Young, Panic! At The Disco, and many others joined the list in 2020 alone.

Earlier this year, Neil Young took things a step further by filing a lawsuit against Trump for repeated use of his music. “Imagine what it feels like to hear ‘Rockin’ in the Free World” after this president speaks like it is his theme song,” Neil Young said at the time. “I did not write it for that.” Several artists agree that Trump’s presidency does not reflect the values of their music.

R.E.M. opposed the use of their music all the way back in 2015 – before Trump ever won. They asked Trump to stop playing their music, with lead singer Michael Stipe tweeting, “Go f—k yourselves, the lot of you – you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men. Do not use our music or my voice for your moronic charade of a campaign.”

Trump also begrudgingly agreed to stop playing Aerosmith music after lead singer Stephen Tyler objected. Adele later objected to the use of her songs “Skyfall” and “Rolling in the Deep” for political purposes. Elton John, Queen, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones objected later in 2016.

These are just a few highlights of some of the artists opposed to Trump’s use of their music. So welcome to the club, Phil Collins.

Reports surfaced in 2017 that Dee Snider, lead singer of Twisted Sister and a Trump friend, quietly asked Trump not to play “We’re Not Gonna Take It” at his rallies. This is one of the few instances in which someone requested Trump stop without a cease-and-desist – and he actually did.

In 2018, Pharrell Williams sent a cease-and-desist letter to Trump for playing “Happy” at a rally in Indiana. That event took place just hours after a synagogue shooting in Pennsylvania left 11 people dead. Pharrell wrote, “there is nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday, and no permission was granted for you to use this song for this purpose.”

21 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Nobody fucking cares about all these has-beens and their whining.

    • Angelito

      Apparently, Trump cares enough about their music to use it…illegally…and people who attend his rallies like to hear it…and the press thinks illegal use of copyright material is a real issue…and your opinion is your own. You don’t speak for anyone else, so shut the fuck up you troll.

      • Anonymous

        Shut the fuck up, you subhuman trash. When I need your opinion, I’ll give it to you.

        • Anonymous

          Perfect (typical) response. It just shows that I was right. You really know how to look childish and foolish. Idiot.

    • Angelito

      Yeah, whatever. 4 years after Trump took office, America is worse than it has been in a long long time. Get your head out, troll.

      • Remi Swierczek

        Get a good SHRINK and hopefully you will vote TRUMP for well being of your kids and grandkids!
        You are lost to society and should self deport to happy Cuba to purse some of your ACID DREAMS & IDEAS!

        • Angelito

          So America is better off now than 4 years ago? Yeah, you can’t say ‘yes’ honestly. If you do you’re in need of a shrink.

          I, a lifelong Republican, and all my Republican friends have voted for Biden already. We’re real patriots and care about America and our party (both greatly damaged due to Trump and his idiot followers).

          • Remi Swierczek

            Biden is a CRIMINAL good for charter flight to Guantanamo.
            Dump Hillary to same cargo plane for Benghazi and Uranium One

          • Angelito

            You have no friends, and you are not a republican. You are not even a good liar, but at least you have that in common with Joe and Hunter.

  2. Remi Swierczek

    …also Obama and Hillary again for Russia ILLUSION!

  3. Pedophiles for Biden

    Molesting children is not a crime!

    Biden / Harris 2020

  4. Angelito

    Yawn. Phil Collins is so edgy it hurts my bungie.

    Next, he needs to threaten to move to Canada if Trump is reelected. That would be SO edgy for a Brit.

    • Geronimo

      Like Trump threatened to leave the US when he loses. Brilliant analogy. Idiot

        • Angelito

          Trump should get 20 to life. He’s a conman and a fraud.

          And you are a fool.

          • Geronimo

            Trump is the most honest president in the history of the US. Biden is one of the most corrupt in the history of the US.

            Biden demanded kickbacks from Hunter’s illegal deals for decades. Biden should be in jail along with his drug addict loser of a son who is a disgusting brotherwifefukker.