Bruce Springsteen tribute band the B Street Band drew a lot of press attention for agreeing to play the Garden State Inaugural Gala even though Springsteen himself is adamantly against the president-elect. The snag in all of this ire is that the tribute band was booked before we knew we’d have a new Cheeto-In-Chief, but it turns out none of that outrage matters anyway because the B Street Band has officially withdrawn from the inaugural celebration “based SOLELY on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band.” Here’s their full statement (via Backstreets):
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.
Our decision is based SOLELY on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band.
Bruce’s music has been the foundation of our livelihood. The B Street Band would not exist without the talents of Bruce and our E Street brothers.
We are most grateful to these rock legends and look forward to many more years of emulating and performing the Forever Music, of Bruce Springsteen.