Freedom isn’t free, this rocker says.
Rock legend Neil Young said Tuesday night that he didn’t approve the message blasted out by real estate mogul Donald Trump at the Republican billionaire’s 2016 presidential campaign launch – or Trump’s use of Young’s 1989 classic “Rockin’ in the Free World” as an entrance tune.
Young’s agent issued a statement supporting a Democratic candidate far on the other side of the political spectrum from Trump just hours after he exited the stage at the swanky Trump Tower in Manhattan.
“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” Elliot Roberts said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for president of the United States of America.”
The latest instance of the long-running trend of musicians who protest the use of their songs at campaign events didn’t phase Trump. The professed serious candidate’s staff told Rolling Stone that the singer and songwriter was off key.
“Through a license agreement with ASCAP, Mr. Trump’s campaign paid for and obtained the legal right to use Neil Young’s recording of ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ at today’s event,” a Trump spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added, “Mr. Trump is a huge fan of Neil Young and his music and will continue to be regardless of Neil’s political views.”
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