May 24, 2016
In a new interview with Reuters, Neil Young got candid about the upcoming election, mostly focusing on his 2015 spat with Donald Trump after the Republican candidate used his "Rockin' in the Free World" at his campaign announcement.
Young says that Trump's campaign did in fact obtain a license agreement with ASCAP for the right to play the song. "He said he did and I believe him," Young said. "So I got nothing against him. Once the music goes out, everybody can use it for anything. But if the artist who made it is saying you never spoke to them, if that means something to you, you probably will stop playing it. And it meant something to Donald and he stopped."
Following the usage of the song, Young issued a statement disassociating himself from Trump and reaffirming his support of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, which he still maintains today. "He's the only one talking about the issues, about issues that matter to me, the issues on my mind," Young said. "Problems of corporate control of democracy and everything slipping away and not being able to have six major companies owning all the media in the United States."
Young's latest album Earth is due out June 17.