Forget the E Street: The B Street Band will play Springsteen tunes at Trump celebration

The B Street Band, a Springsteen cover band from New Jersey, will play one of Donald Trump's inaugural balls.
The B Street Band, a Springsteen cover band from New Jersey, will play one of Donald Trump’s inaugural balls.

Bruce Springsteen made it clear that he wanted nothing to do with Donald Trump during the 2016 election. But a band playing the Boss’ songs will be headed to the president-elect’s inauguration.

Some music fans have chuckled at the lack of A-list talent performing at Trump’s upcoming celebrations. Then again, that depends on your definition of A-list. So far the entertainment lineup includes the Mormon Tabernacle Choir , the Radio City Rockettes, “America’s Got Talent” singer Jackie Evancho , the Talladega College Marching Band and country music performers Big & Rich and Cowboy Troy.

But the news that the B Street Band, a long-running Springsteen tribute band from New Jersey, would play the Garden State inaugural gala was surprising.

It wouldn’t be the group’s first foray into political events. The B Street Band played New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s own inauguration after Springsteen — Christie’s idol — declined. Christie is an honorary chair of this Trump gala as well.


The B Street Band is clearly well-versed in Springsteen’s canon. But one can only imagine how Springsteen, an outspoken Democrat who campaigned for Hillary Clinton, feels about his songs wafting through the halls as Champagne glasses clink to toast the incoming administration.

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