Seems like there are more acts falling over themselves to not play at our President Elect’s Inaugual Ball than are standing up for the duty. Take the case of The Eagle’s Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr’s brother-in-law, who originally had said he would play the gig and then changed his mind. I saw a clip where his wife was the spokesperson on that and she was clear about who wore the pants in that marriage. Walsh is married to Barbara Bachs’ sister Marjorie. Currently touring with Bad Company, Walsh has clearly bailed on Trump, but who is actually playing this most important gig? And better yet, has there ever been this kind of controvery in anyone’s memory?
How many bands told Trump to stop using their music for his campaign? Too many to count. When it was announced that the Rockettes were slated to perform, one of them boldly announced that she would not be joining them. The management’s statement went something like “you perform or you are fired.” A Bruce Springstein tribute band have been chosen to perform and they have accepted. RollingStone Magazine has run a story that the B Street Band is being put in the position of having to defend their decision. The band makes a good point, “it’s about music and not politics.”
The same thing happened to Jennifer Holliday when she said yes to doing the gig, she dropped out due to criticism from her fans. Toby Keith, Three Doors down, and Ted Nugent are on board for the gig for now. Nugent is so extreme that I doubt he’ll jump ship. And then there’s the Morman Tabernale Choir which has also joined the beleagered line-up. Their rendition of “Hallelujah” sends chills down my spine, but I hope that isn’t on their set list.
I have a friend that is the CEO at Altarboy Music in London, England who seems to agree with the B Street Band. “See this is what I’m talking about, these guys are present and clever enough to know they are entertainers and it’s just a gig. They aren’t shaking fingers or lecturing they are there to play and entertain,” Luis states on a Facebook post of the RollingStone Magazine post. Make no mistake, Luis is from L A and a vibrant part of the local music scene from the get go. He moved to London due to all of the falder rah going on here in the local music scene which is what I write about for the Noho Art’s District in the L A Music Scene.
For myself, I find it difficult to take sides just like abortion. I feel that each person has the right to make their informed choice according to their values and not be bludgeoned by the self appointed thought police. It is just a gig if you look at it from a purely business standpoint. And I didn’t see any rockers jumping ship from “Celebrity Apprentice” when Trump was the boss and declaring “You’re fired.” They all seemed to enjoy their stint on the reality TV show and none seemed to have gone up in flames.
While it is clear where the majority of the entertainment industry stands by the rash of “Hell no I won’t go” chants in the media, that is their choice. Allow those that have chosen to do the PAYING gig have their moment and make some money. A gig is a gig is a gig; especially if it’s a paying gig. Besides, HRC wasn’t the clear choice for many in the entertainment industry; #feelthebern was.
I cannot recall there ever being such a huge outcry as has been witnessed this election and inauguration…never. Beyonce’s lip syncing fail doesn’t count.