Make cover bands great again.
Donald Trump still hasn’t booked an A-list performer for his inauguration, but he has locked up the B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen cover band that’s been playing since 1980.
The group will perform at the New Jersey Society Gala, called the Garden State Gala, in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19.
Governor Chris Christie, a well-known Springsteen fan, will serve as an honorary chair for the event.
“Be prepared for a spectacular evening as we capture the fun and romance of the Jersey Shore with dancing in the Presidential Ballroom to the B-Street Band, the #1 Springsteen tribute band, serve hot and hearty nostalgic delights at our ‘Boardwalk Cafe Buffet,’ offer you an open bar and entertain you with Jersey Shore boardwalk amusement games in the ‘Fun Zone’ to the tune of Jersey’s music legends from Frank Sinatra to the Four Seasons to Lauryn Hill,” the event invitation reads.
The B Street Band also played New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s inauguration in 2009.
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It also warns that the President-elect and Vice President-elect Mike Pence have been sent formal invitations but might not actually appear.
Trump has struggled to find a star for his inauguration so far — rejections have come from musicians including Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Motley Crue and Celine Dion.
And while he’s claimed that he didn’t want “so-called ‘a’ list celebrities” anyway, he has booked “America’s Got Talent” runner-up Jackie Evancho, the Rockettes and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the Jan. 20 event.
Christie, who had the B Street Band perform at his own inauguration in 2009, would likely have preferred the real Boss, but Springsteen has been outspoken in his disdain of the President-elect.
Christie serves as honorary chair for the Garden State Gala, which warned guests that Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence might not actually attend.
“I’ve felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now,” Springsteen said last week on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.
“It’s as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Forget about where they are ideologically. Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?”
The New Jersey rocker has also described Trump as a “flagrant, toxic narcissist.”
According to SESAC, a music rights organization, any musician wanting to play copyrighted songs live must get approval from the author or the owner of the copyright. The venue or host organization can also be responsible for securing licensing.
A representative for Springsteen did not return a request for comment.