The B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen cover group, has canceled its planned performance at one of Donald Trump’s inaugural balls.
The band announced the decision on Monday, after it said the planned appearance “generated a storm of national news, from New York to Los Angeles, particularly given Bruce Springsteen’s clearly articulated feelings about President-elect Trump.”
“Our decision is based SOLELY on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band,” founder Will Forte, said in a statement.
Springsteen has been an outspoken critic of Trump, calling him a “moron” and his campaign “a tragedy for our democracy.” Earlier this month, he questioned whether Trump is “competent enough” to be president.
The group pointed out on its website that it was hired to play for the event in 2013, years before “anyone had a clue who would be inaugurated.”
“We’re a non-political band. … It’s not about the candidate or who was elected; it was about the office of the presidency. I was performing for that,” Forte told Rolling Stone.
The cover band has performed twice before for the New Jersey State Society’s galas marking President Obama’s inaugurations, the Associated Press reported.