- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas said Tuesday that he’s sick and tried of hearing celebrities complain about President Trump.

“I’m not a fan of Donald Trump, but I am so tired of hearing celebrities talk about not being a fan of Donald Trump, that it almost seems like white noise,” the three-time Grammy winner told The Hill at the Library of Congress in D.C.

“I have opinions, but my opinions are as a 45-year-old husband, father, taxpayer,” he said. “I think that [Mr. Trump’s] a man that’s not really equipped for the job, but I think no one really cares what I think about that.”

“I think that there is a huge part of his base that thinks he’s killing it right now,” he added, “and it’s really hard to speak against that because somewhere somebody thinks he’s right. Not me.”

Mr. Thomas was at the Library of Congress to perform for the ninth annual “We Write the Songs” event hosted by the American Society for Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), The Hill reported. It came once day before ASCAP’s “Stand with Songwriters” event on Capitol Hill, urging lawmakers to update federal regulations that govern how songwriters license their work.

A handful of Republican and Democratic lawmakers joined the “We Write the Songs” event Tuesday evening, including Reps. Darrell Issa, Jan Schakowsky, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Sens. Dick Durbin and Roger Wicker, The Hill reported.

Mr. Thomas penned an op-ed for Quartz Wednesday morning, slamming the government’s “outdated and overreaching regulatory system that limits our ability to obtain a fair market rate for our music.”

“The problem is that due to these regulations that limit songwriters’ ability to fairly obtain these royalties, it currently takes an average of one million plays across the top streaming services for a songwriter to earn about $170,” Mr. Thomas wrote. “That’s all the money a songwriter earns when a song goes big. Imagine what it’s like for people who don’t have a hit on their hands? How do they stand to earn a living and put food on the table for their families?

“American songwriters, composers and music publishers are some of the most heavily-regulated small business owners and entrepreneurs in the country because three-fourths of the income that songwriters receive is subject to federal regulation,” he continued. “What we need is for policymakers in Washington to stand with songwriters in support of reasonable reforms for the modern music marketplace. What we’re asking for isn’t complicated. We’re just asking for songwriters to have the same chance at the American dream as everyone else.”

Matchbox Twenty announced last month that it will be co-headlining a North America tour this summer with the Counting Crows.

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