You may have heard that The B Street Band, a Springsteen tribute band, has decided that maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to perform at the New Jersey State Society’s Inaugural Ball in Washington on Thursday. Apparently they made this decision after intense criticism.
“It’s like we were in a hurricane,” bandleader Willie Forte told NJ.com. “And we realized what was most important to us was being grateful and respectful to Bruce. The last thing we want is for it to seem like we are being disingenuous to him and E Street.”
With Springsteen having called the Republican president-elect a “flagrant, toxic narcissist” and questioning whether he’s competent for the job, the event had drawn jeers on social media from fans of his music that the band is abandoning the soul of the musician they’ve made a career of following.
I mean, a gig’s a gig. We get that. And I’m sure they must have thought they’d hit the lottery, but maybe they should have wondered way the organizing committee was reaching out to a, well, tribute band.
Way to use the old noggin’, boys.