(Some of) the Rockettes, America's Got Talent's Jackie Evancho, and (some of the) Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony Jan. 20, but one New Jersey group's gala will get a little Bruce Springsteen.
Just not directly.
The New Jersey State Society has booked the B Street Band, a Springsteen tribute band, for its Garden State Inaugural Gala, a Jan. 19 event in honor of the inauguration at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington. New Jersey Gov. Christie, a Springsteen superfan, will serve as the honorary chair with wife Mary Pat Christie, according to an event page.
Billed as the "hardest-working tribute band on the circuit," the B Street Band has played at galas for President Obama and Christie.
Booking Springsteen himself for the gig wasn't really an option: The Boss isn't a fan of the president-elect. This month, he told Marc Maron on the comic's WTF podcast he's afraid to see someone in the White House who may not be qualified. "Forget about where they are ideologically," he said. "Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?"
Springsteen's camp has yet to issue a statement about the B Street Band booking. But as the New York Daily News points out, music-rights org SESAC says musicians who want to play copyrighted songs must get approval from the owner of the copyrights.
Tickets to the Garden State gala run $225 to $300. Tickets to the All American Gala, another Trump inauguration gala scheduled for Jan. 19, with music from '80s tribute band the Reagan Years, start at $275.
- Nick Vadala