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It's the Thrill of the Right: Did Mike Huckabee Steal 'Eye of the Tiger' for Kim Davis Rally?

It's the Thrill of the Right: Did Mike Huckabee Steal 'Eye of the Tiger' for Kim Davis Rally?


The frontman for the band 'Survivor' is apparently none too happy their rock anthem was used without permission.

She did her time, took her chances.

And when Kim Davis mounted the stage at a post-jail, anti-LGBT rally Tuesday, the inspiring rock anthem from the film 'Rocky III,' "Eye of the Tiger," blasted from loudspeakers.

As the music played, the freed Kentucky clerk, who went to jail rather than issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, was cheered by Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, her attorney, her husband, and hundreds of enthusiastic Christian supporters.

But the man who cowrote the hit song, "Survivor" frontman Frankie Sullivan, was not one of those cheering.

And he's taken to Facebook to make it clear, he also didn't make a dime on the use of his band's most famous song at what was clearly a political rally organized by the Huckabee campaign.

"NO! We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use 'My Tune -The Eye Of The Tiger' Sullivan wrote, as first reported by Towleroad.

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

"C'mom Mike," he wrote, apparently referring to the former Arkansas governor who is a candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, "you are not The Donald but you can do better than that -

"See Ya really SoooooooonnnnnnN!!!!!!..."

It's not clear if that reference to "see ya" is an implied threat to take legal action against Huckabee.

One fan posted a meme, in honor of the late lead singer of "Survivor," as a comment on Sullivan's Facebook post, in reaction to the song being used at the rally: "Jimi Jamison, Survivor Lead Singer rolls over in his grave," it reads, in part.


Editor's note: this article has been updated to reflect that Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" was used in the soundtrack of the film "Rocky III," not "Rocky II," as originally reported. Yo, Adrian! I regret the error. - Dawn Ennis

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