Bipartisan Jam: Reps. Deutch, Rooney Play with Micky Dolenz of The Monkees on Capitol Hill
Reps. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) teamed up on Wednesday with Monkee Micky Dolenz to campaign for performance royalties legislation. Crowley played the guitar, Rooney banged on the drums, and Deutch tickled the ivories on an electirc keyboard (pictured here). The legislation in question would require AM and FM radio stations to pay fees to singers and musicians each time their song is aired. Satellite and Internet radio stations pay such fees but traditional stations do not. The broadcasters respond that they provide musicians with free publicity by airing their songs and that the economic burden of a new fee could drive stations into the ground. Recording industry lobby musicFIRST held the event, where the troupe played "(I'm not your) Steppin' Stone" and "I'm A Believer."