Springsteen won’t be at inauguration, but his music might

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Bruce Springsteen may be an outspoken critic of President-elect Donald Trump, but his deep catalog of hits could be a part of the inauguration festivities. The B Street Band, a Springsteen tribute band from New Jersey, is scheduled to headline the Garden State Presidential Inaugural Gala on Thursday in Washington. The governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, one of Trump’s top allies, is serving as an honorary chairman of the ball, which is not one of the three official ones tied to the inauguration. The gala’s planning committee first invited the band to play in 2009 for the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and then again in 2013 for Obama’s re-election. B Street was such a hit that the gala organizers signed a contract in 2015 with the band to play this year — before Trump even announced his bid for the presidency. The band had no idea at the time that it would be playing at a Trump celebration, but that has not stopped Springsteen fans from voicing displeasure: They sent “several hundred” angry emails about the gig to B Street’s founder and keyboardist, Willie Forte, he said in an interview Thursday. “I never saw this coming — this part coming,” Forte said of the uproar. “Are you asking me if, you know, if I would’ve reconsidered if I could go back in the beginning and I knew this was going to happen? Sure.” Forte said that he and his bandmates would cancel the performance if Springsteen asked them to but that they had not heard from his team, “thank God, so far.” He said B Street was not “a political band,” but rather played out of a love for the Garden State and to pay tribute to Springsteen, a man some might call the king of New Jersey. “I’ve gotten pushback from Springsteen fans that don’t know the reputation of our band or have never seen the band or talked to any of us,” Forte said. Organizers of the gala staunchly defended...

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