Axl Rose isn’t one to mince words, so when President Donald Trump decided to use the Guns N’ Roses classic “Sweet Child o’ Mine” at a rally in West Virginia Friday, not long after, the band “formally requested” he stop using their music, and frontman Axl posted his thoughts about the use of the band’s music in a series of tweets.
Rose tweeted Sunday morning: “Just so ya know… GNR like a lot of artists opposed to the unauthorized use of their music at political events has formally requested r music not b used at Trump rallies or Trump associated events,” adding: “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,” ending with: “Can u say ‘shitbags?!’💩.”
Apparently, venues are allowed to obtain public performance licenses through songwriters’ associations, that grant them rights to use the songs even if they, or their guests, haven’t obtained permission from the artists.
Rose dug in some more: “Personally I kinda liked the irony of Trump supporters listening to a bunch of anti Trump music at his rallies but I don’t imagine a lot of ’em really get that or care,” he tweeted, though “Sweet Child o’ Mind” was released on 1988’s Appetite for Destruction. “And when ur phone’s blowin’ up cuz peeps r seein’/hearin’ Sweet Child on the news at a rally… as a band we felt we should clarify r position. Peace!🇺🇸.”
This isn’t Rose’ first run in with Trump and the GOP. Only last week, he reached out via Twitter to encourage his 1.2 million follower to vote Democrat on Nov. 6th. Also, back in January this year, when Sarah Sanders said it was: “disgraceful and laughable” that Trump was unfit for office, Rose responded: “Along with several other condescending adjectives, the current WH has no room to call virtually anyone disgraceful.”
This is one war of words that doesn’t look like it will slowing down any time soon, that’s for sure!