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Survivor Slam Anti-Gay Marriage Activist For Using 'Eye Of The Tiger' At Rally

10 September 2015 | 11:43 am | Staff Writer

Band never gave the rights over.

US rock band Survivor have blasted Kentucky country clerk Kim Davis who has used the group's iconic track, Eye Of The Tiger, at a rally after she was released from prison this week. 

Davis was jailed for five nights after refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples and on Tuesday she was released where she was greeted by a crowd while the 1982 hit song played in the background, however Survivor drummer Ryan Sullivan took to the band's Facebook page to address the situation.

"NO! We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use "My Tune -The Eye Of The Tiger," the statement read. 

"I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin!"

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NO! We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use "My Tune -The Eye Of The Tiger." I would not grant her the rights...

Posted by Survivor Music (Official FB Page) on Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Co-writer of the song and band guitarist Jim Peterik later released a statement to Billboard to confirm that the band never authorized the use of their song at the rally.

"I was very surprised and dismayed at the misuse of the song I co-wrote with Frankie Sullivan for Rocky lII," Peterik said. 

"The song has motivated thousands through the years to reach beyond their limits. Its use for the release of Kim Davis does not support my views or my politics. I have contacted my publishers to make sure this usage is stopped immediately."

It is believed the band are considering a lawsuit over the unauthorised use of the song.