Former Animals singer Eric Burdon had the perfect response to President Donald Trump using one of band’s classic songs without permission.
On Wednesday (Sept. 2), The Animals’ 1964 hit “House of the Rising Sun” was played over loudspeakers as Trump arrived at an airport in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he was en route to an appearance. Burdon later caught wind of the song’s use and took to Instagram to issue a statement.
“Even though nobody asked my permission, I wasn’t surprised to learn that #Trump #864511320 used #Houseof theRisingSun for his rally the other day,” Burdon captioned a photo of himself wearing a black face mask with the word vote printed across the mouth.
“A tale of sin and misery set in a brothel suits him so perfectly! Far more appropriate for this time in our history might be.”
Burdon also gave a shout-out to the Biden/Harris ticket, adding, “This is my answer #vote #saveourdemocracy #bidenharris2020.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has been called out by an artist for using music without permission. Over the years, dozens of other acts have issued cease and desist notices for unauthorized use, including Tom Petty, Neil Young, R.E.M., Rihanna, Pharrell, Guns N’ Roses and Steven Tyler.