Donald Trump has finally booked a musical act for his inauguration and it’s Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Oops, sorry, we meant a Bruce Springsteen cover band.
After a number of high profile musicians publicly and privately turned down the President Elects’ invitation, including Celine Dion, KISS, Garth Brooks, David Foster, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Church, Moby, Elton John, and Andrea Bocelli, Trump finally found a Bruce Springsteen cover band that has agreed to play the show.
Springsteen has publicly spoken out against the reality star turned politician, but calling Trump a ‘toxic narcissist’ hasn’t stopped the incoming President from enjoying the Boss’s music, booking the aptly titled ‘B Street Band’ to perform during his inauguration.
The B Street Band will be joined by a handful of entertainers who did return Trump’s call, including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Rockettes (at least some of them), the Talladega College Marching Band, and America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho.
This isn’t the first time the cover band has been booked for a political gig. They previously played both of the New Jersey inauguration balls for President Obama in 2009 and 2013.
In comparison, President Barack Obama’s first inauguration on January 18, 2009 included appearances from a number of Hollywood A-listers, as well as performances from Mary J. Blige, John Mellencamp, Josh Groban with the Gay Men’s Choir of Washington, Herbie Hancock, will.i.am, Sheryl Crow, Garth Brooks, Usher, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, U2, Pete Seeger, Beyonce, and yes, the real Bruce Springsteen.