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Rockers vs. GOP: Long out of tune

Updated 7:54 AM ET, Thu April 21, 2016
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In April, Joe Walsh of The Eagles nixed participating in a planned July concert in Cleveland, Ohio after he said he learned it was in fact "a launch for the Republican National Convention." It's not the first time the party, or one of its candidates, has run afoul of rockers. John Shearer/Invision/AP
Neil Young was not happy that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump chose to use his song "Rockin' In The Free World" when he announced his candidacy. Charlie Neibergall/ap/Tristan Fewings/Getty Images
Bruce Springsteen asked Ronald Reagan's campaign to stop using his 1980s hit "Born in the U.S.A." John Minihan/Evening Standard/Getty Images/ Larry Busacca/Getty Images
The Silversun Pickups told Mitt Romney's campaign to not use their song "Panic Switch." Bill Pugliano/ Christopher Polk/Getty Images
In 2008, the band Heart asked John McCain's campaign to stop playing their song "Barracuda" in honor of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's nickname on her high school basketball team, "Sarah Barracuda." Darren Hauck/Getty Images/ Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images
John Mellencamp asked the McCain campaign to not use his songs "Our Country" and "Pink Houses" while campaigning. Darren Hauck/Getty Images/ Ben Sklar/Getty Images
McCain settled out of court with Jackson Browne for using his 1977 hit "Running on Empty" in a campaign ad without the artist's permission. David Lienemann/Getty Images/T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images
Tom Petty objected to Michele Bachmann's campaign playing his 1977 hit "American Girl" after it was played during the kickoff event for the Minnesota representative's presidential bid. T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images/ Jerod Harris/Getty Images
Boston complained about Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee playing their 1970s hit "More than a Feeling" without the band's permission in 2008. Rob Verhorst/Darren McCollester/Getty Images