Amid much scrutiny, the B-Street Band has changed their mind on performing in Washington, D.C. later this week.
The Bruce Springsteen cover band has decided out of respect to The Boss and the E Street Band, they will not be performing at Donald Trump’s Inauguration Party. Springsteen has been an outspoken critic of the US President-elect, calling him “a moron,” and a “flagrant, toxic narcissist,” among other things.
When news broke that the cover band was to play at the Garden State Presidential Inaugural Gala on Thursday, many fans took to social media to voice their disgust.
However, most people didn’t have the facts straight. The B-Street Band had played a couple Presidential galas during Obama’s term in office, and had agreed back in 2013 to play at this one. This was long before the presidential candidates were decided.
This time around, however, it was different.
Band leader Will Forte (the band’s keyboardist, manager, agent, and publicist) told Rolling Stone “as time went by, the complexity of the situation became real immense and intense, [and] the band was caught in a hurricane. We didn’t see this coming, of course.”
Forte received thousands of emails in criticism and support of the band playing at the gala. But ultimately, out of respect for their musical inspiration, the B-Street Band pulled out of the event.
The gala, however, will be headlined by performances from country music artists Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood, as well as rock band 3 Doors Down.