Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Bruce Springsteen Cover Band Leaves New Jersey Inaugural Ball Gig Dancing in the Dark


The B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen cover gig, has dropped out of the New Jersey Inaugural Ball. The Jersey Republicans will be dancing in the dark this Friday. Originally the band- — a riff on Bruce’s E Street Band– said they’d signed a contract before the election. But then when Trump won they came under criticism, notably because Bruce and much of the band do not support Trump or his crazy ideas. B Street probably faced canceled bookings because of it, not to mention Springsteen’s ire. He and members of the band have occasionally shown up and joined in with them.

Here’s the statement:

To our most loyal fans and to Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street band community

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.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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