Phil Collins Slaps Donald Trump with Cease-and-Desist for Playing "In the Air Tonight" at Rally

A rep for Collins says "lawyers...continue to monitor the situation"
Phil Collins Slaps Donald Trump with Cease-and-Desist for Playing 'In the Air Tonight' at Rally
Like R.E.M., Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Prince and more before him, Phil Collins has hit Donald Trump's presidential campaign with a cease-and-desist order after "In the Air Tonight" was played during a rally in Iowa Wednesday evening.

Trump's campaign did not receive permission from Collins to use the song ahead of the president taking the stage in Des Moines yesterday (October 14). A representative told Consequence of Sound, "Yes we are well aware of the Trump campaign's use of this song and we have already issued a 'cease and desist' letter via our lawyers who continue to monitor the situation."

Online, it was only natural for viewers to point out what an incredibly rich song choice "In the Air Tonight" was, considering Trump's recent contraction of coronavirus — not to mention the line, "It's all been a pack of lies."

Collins and his Genesis bandmates Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford were due to reunite this year, but have since postponed tour plans until 2021.