Neil Young Slams Donald Trump for Ignoring Song Ban
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The Godfather of Grunge makes it clear in a statement he released on his website that he hasn't given the U.S. President permission to use 'Rockin' in the Free World' at political events.

AceShowbiz - Neil Young has taken aim at U.S. leader Donald Trump again for using his song "Rockin' in the Free World" at rallies, three years after the President agreed to stop.

Young criticised Trump for playing the track during his presidential campaign in 2015, revealing he was actually a supporter of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.

At the time, one of the property tycoon-turned-politician's campaign bosses released a statement, which read: "We will respect his (Young's) wish and not use it (song) because it's the right thing to do."

But Trump hasn't stopped using the anthem at political events, and Young is not happy, taking to his website to reprimand the President.

"DT does not have my permission to use the song Rockin' in the Free World at his appearances," he writes. "Legally, he has the right to, however, it goes against my wishes. I made this perfectly clear after he played it in a media moment to announce his candidacy. I asked him then, in a widely shared public letter, to cease and desist."

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DT does not have my permission to use the song ‘Rockin' in the Free World’ at his appearances. Legally, he has the right to, however it goes against my wishes. I made this perfectly clear, after he played it in a media moment to announce his candidacy. I asked him then, in a widely shared, public letter to cease and desist. However, he chose not to listen to my request, just as he chooses not to listen to the many American voices who ask him to stop his constant lies, to stop his petty, nasty name calling and bullying, to stop pushing his dangerous, vilifying and hateful rhetoric. This man does not represent the character of the people in the USA that I have come to know and love. I’m Canadian so I can’t vote in the states, but if you can, Take this great opportunity to make your voice heard, and Vote! Keep on Rocking in the Free World! Neil Young

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"However, he chose not to listen to my request, just as he chooses not to listen to the many American voices who ask him to stop his constant lies, to stop his petty, nasty name calling and bullying, to stop pushing his dangerous, vilifying and hateful rhetoric."

"This man does not represent the character of the people in the U.S.A. that I have come to know and love," the Canadian rocker adds.

He's not the first rock star to attack Trump for his music choices this week - Axl Rose issued a statement about the President's use of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine", revealing the band had asked him to stop playing the hit.

"Unfortunately, the Trump campaign is using loopholes in the various venues' blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters' consent," Axl explained.

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