President-elect Donald Trump suffers another humiliating blow as his desperate transition team continues scouring the bottom of the barrel in search of entertainers to perform (willingly or unwillingly) at Trump’s inauguration.
The latest band to abandon Trump’s festivities is a Bruce Springsteen cover band known as “The B Street Band.” The group announced on Monday that they will not be performing at the Garden State Presidential Inaugural Gala in New Jersey.
“With deepest apologies to our fans and the New Jersey Inaugural Ball committee, the B Street Band is withdrawing from performing at this year’s inauguration Gala,” the band said in a statement cited by Backstreets. “Our decision is based SOLELY on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band.”
Interestingly, The B Street Band did perform at President Barack Obama’s Inaugural events in 2009 and 2013. But this time they were invited to perform before they knew who would be elected. Members of the band said that they were willing to cancel their performance at Trump’s inauguration if Springsteen (aka “the Boss”) asked them to, and it seems that the Boss wasn’t too keen on having his music played in honor of Trump’s “victory.”
The band insists that their decision isn’t at all political, however, they did admit that they’ve received a flood of negative feedback from fans after news broke they would be performing at Trump’s inauguration.
It’s pretty incredible how many entertainers are flat out refusing to perform at Trump’s inauguration. Many of them recognize that their fans would not forgive their participation in an event that honors a man who sexually assaults women, openly mocks disabled people, was sued by the federal government for discriminating against African Americans, and who has the temperament of a bipolar toddler with a Twitter account.
Word on the street is that even Sad Trombones have canceled.
But fear not little Donnie, all is not lost. We understand Ted Nugent is currently waiting patiently by his phone.
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