By Sara Jerome - 06/24/10 12:46 AM EDT
Pictured below: Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) plays the guitar; Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) plays on the drums; Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) is behind the keyboard.
They teamed up on Wednesday with Monkee Micky Dolenz to campaign for performance royalties legislation, which would require A.M. and F.M. radio stations to pay fees to 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."
(Photo supplied by musicFIRST spokesman Marty Machowsky)