The rock icon has made it clear he does not support Trump using his songs during rallies, as he believes it “indicates that I support your agenda”. But the president has refused to stop playing the music.
At the South Dakota rally this past weekend, music from Young including “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Like a Hurricane” were played for the crowd in front of Mount Rushmore to celebrate Independence Day.
In response to his music being played, Young said he would not be suing the Trump administration.
“Because you are in charge of the Covid 19 response here in the USA, I will not sue you, (as certainly is my right) potentially distracting from your important work at hand protecting and saving American lives,” Young wrote in an open letter published on his website.
He then suggested for Trump to play another song at his rally, entitled “Looking For a Leader 2020”, which is an updated version of his 2006 hit “Lookin’ for a Leader”.
The singer performed the song for his online concert series, filmed by his wife, Kill Bill star Daryl Hannah.
”Yeah, we had Barack Obama and we really need him now/ The man who stood behind him has to take his place somehow/ America has a leader building walls around our house/ Don’t know Black lives matter and we got to vote him out,” Young sang during his acoustic guitar performance.
The political anthem was originally written by Young, who is a Canadian-born musician, when former President Barack Obama announced he was running in the election against Republican Senator John McCain.
Young became an American citizen earlier this year.
“I believe it would be an interesting addition to your next rally,” Young wrote the president about the updated song.
Listen to Young’s updated political anthem at 17:18 mark of his online concert series.
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