The B Street Band, “America’s number one Bruce Springsteen cover band,” will play at the Garden State Inaugural Ball in New Jersey next week.
Springsteen in the flesh appeared at President Barack Obama’s star-studded 2009 inauguration, but considering “The Boss” once called Trump a “flagrant, toxic narcissist,” it’s safe to say he won’t be rocking out onstage for the president-elect (despite Trump naming Springsteen superfan Chris Christie as honorary chair of the ball).
Performers from Elton John to Kanye West have declined to participate in the upcoming inauguration in Washington, D.C.
Tom Barrack, Trump’s inaugural committee chief, tempered expectations for the inauguration Tuesday, insisting Trump doesn’t care that a-list celebrities aren’t interested in palling around with him on his big day.
“We’re fortunate in that we have the greatest celebrity in the world, which is the president-elect,” Barrack said. “So what we’ve done instead of trying to surround him with what people consider A-listers is we are going to surround him with the soft sensuality of the place. It’s a much more poetic cadence than having a circus-like celebration that’s a coronation.”
Listen to the band below, via YouTube:
(Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that the B Street Band was scheduled to play at Donald Trump’s inauguration.)
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