In the continuing saga of Donald Trump’s attempt to get someone — anyone — to play his inauguration events this coming weekend, even the D-list acts are dropping like flies.
So far, Donald Trump is proving to be modern history’s most unpopular president, and this is before the TV reality show host has even taken office. His team has been desperately trying to put together a good showing for the upcoming festivities and coming up empty. No one wants to play for the man who won his way to office by triggering the darkest fears, racism, and misogyny of America’s lowest common denominator.
So far, the Trump team has managed to get a second place contestant from America’s Got Talent and some of the Rockettes. They’ve also snagged 3 Doors Down, a band that had a couple of hits about 15 years ago. Until recently, they had also managed to snag Broadway star Jennifer Holliday, until she too dropped out in the face of the massive hurt reaction from many of her LGBT fans.
Not only can the Trump inaugural team not get any A-list stars, now they’ve lost an A-list impersonation act.
According to The Hill, The B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band, has dropped out of their scheduled performance at the New Jersey State Society’s ball this coming Thursday. Their reasoning? Bruce Springsteen himself has made his feelings about Trump clearly and publicly known.
A statement by band founder Will Forte on Monday said:
‘Our decision is based SOLELY on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band.’
Springsteen has criticized Trump in the past, telling Entertainment Weekly earlier this month that he felt both fear and disgust at the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency. Springsteen told Entertainment Weekly:
‘It’s as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?’
The B Street Band, in its own defense, stated that their appearance was not meant to be taken as an endorsement of Trump in any way, saying that they had been hired for the event back in 2013, before the winner was known (or even suspected). The band told Rolling Stone:
‘We’re a non-political band. … It’s not about the candidate or who was elected; it was about the office of the presidency. I was performing for that.
‘We don’t even go into politics that deeply. The guys in the band are so easy-going, I don’t even know if they have any politics.’
Forte also told Rolling Stone:
‘If there’s any concern, it’s that I do upset Bruce.’
Rolling Stone noted that the band was also hired to play the Society’s gala event marking both of the inaugurations for President Barack Obama.
Apparently, Forte and his band have changed their mind and decided to honor the Boss’ wishes, and simply do not want to become involved in bad publicity. It’s hard not to feel for these hard-working musicians, and it must come as a disappointment that they had to bow out of gig they signed up for years ago.
Last week, Forte told Rolling Stone:
‘We’re contracted. I’ve been in enough litigation in my life. I have four kids. I’m 63 years old. I can’t make stands like other people can. I’m not in that position.’
Hopefully, the band will receive enough excellent publicity for doing the right thing and bowing out that it makes up for whatever they were being paid to perform.
In the spirit of this, check out a performance by The B Street Band below:
Featured image via the B Street Band Facebook page