By David Jackson June 17, 2015 1:09 pm ET
The 2016 presidential campaign has already seen the reprise of a traditional number: musical artists protesting the use of their songs at campaign rallies.
Neil Young is the latest to sing this tune, noting that Donald Trump did not have permission to use “Rockin’ In The Free World” at his campaign announcement speech Tuesday.
“Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” said a statement from Young’s representative. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”
Earlier this year, the band Dropkick Murphys found a pungent way to prevent Scott Walker from using the song “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” at his appearances:
Republicans are usually the ones asked to change their tunes by a music world that tends to trend leftward politically.
But not always. At one point in the 2008 race, half of the old rhythm and blues duo Sam & Dave — Sam Moore — asked Barack Obama’s campaign to stop using the song “Hold On! I’m Comin’ ” because had not yet endorsed the candidate.