US president Donald Trump’s seemingly ongoing efforts to alienate and piss off just about every musician going took a step further after Prince’s estate issued him and the White House with a cease or desist order.
The estate of the late multi-instrumentalist and all-round colossal talent wants Trump to stop using Prince’s 1984 global smash hit ‘Purple Rain’ at his rallies. Omarr Baker – Prince’s half-brother – has pointed out that The White House has never been given permission to use the song.
Baker said: “The Prince Estate has never given permission to President Trump or the White House to use Prince’s songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately.”
The song was used by Trump at a rally in Mississippi last week.
It’s all a bit weird when you stop to think about it. Given Trump’s um… unusual complexion and skin tone, surely something like Pink Floyd’s ‘Apple And Oranges’ would be more appropriate? Or maybe ‘Orange Crush’ by REM? Well, you’d think so but, as evidenced by Roger Waters’ current Us+Them tour that tears strips off of Trump and REM’s insistence that he stops using their music, it seems highly unlikely.
Other artists to have lambasted Trump over unauthorized use of their music include The Rolling Stones, Queen, Adele, Neil Young and Aerosmith. Did Trump never see Neil Young’s Living With War tour with Crosby, Still And Nash? What’s to misunderstand?
Amazingly, Trump also incurred the ire of Luciano Pavarotti’s family who were less than pleased when the President used the singer's rendition of the Puccini aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ at his 2016 election rallies.
Way to go, Donald...