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The Newt reaction: Sued in Chicago over use of Survivor song

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Sun-Times front page Jan. 31, 2012

Updated with Gingrich reaction...

CLEARWATER, FL.--Newt Gingrich's spokesman shrugged off Tuesday a federal lawsuit filed in Chicago alleging the GOP White House hopeful used the 1982 hit "Eye of the Tiger" the rock group Survivor at events without permission.

Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond told the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday, "It is my understanding that the band wants $200,000 because someone played their song.

"That's one expensive concert ticket."

The lawsuit was filed Monday by Chicago-born Frankie Sullivan who wrote the song with Jim Peterik "in the music room of Peterik's west suburban LaGrange home at Sylvester Stallone's request in late 1981, four years after Survivor was formed. Stallone was looking for a theme song for "Rocky III," the Sun-Times reported.

The Chicago Sun-Times story is HERE.


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