Axl Rose called Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘the Donald Trump of the music industry’

Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose Ethan Miller/Getty Images
  • Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose compared Apple CEO Tim Cook to Donald Trump in a single tweet.
  • He gave no follow-up explanation.
  • He really doesn’t like the Trump administration.

Axl Rose, rock legend and frontman of Guns N’ Roses, compared Apple CEO Tim Cook to US president Donald Trump – with no further context.

Posting on Twitter, the singer wrote: “Tim Cook is the Donald Trump of the music industry.”

And that was it.

It isn’t clear why Rose made the comparison, though it is obviously not intended to be flattering. This is what he wrote about Trump’s administration in January: “The [White House] is the current US gold standard of what can be considered disgraceful.”

Rose has been on Twitter since 2009, though his account only features 264 tweets. This appears to be the first time he’s tweeted about anything related to Apple, and it isn’t clear what he has against Cook. Guns N’ Roses has never boycotted Apple Music, and the band’s songs are available on different streaming services.

It’s possible Rose shares the view of Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen, who had this to say in 2016 of streaming services: “As always, what annoys me about anything like that is that the artists get the short end of the stick. The CEO of whatever company is just rolling in it, on the pennies that others earn, they’re getting gazillions of dollars.”