Bruce Springsteen tribute band drops out of Trump inauguration gig

The B-Street Band was apparently born to run... away from the upcoming inauguration festivities for president-elect Donald Trump.

The Bruce Springsteen tribute act has decided to drop out of an inaugural event ushering Trump into office, out of respect for musician and Trump critic Springsteen.

B-Street Band keyboardist/publicist Will Forte told Rolling Stone, "We felt that we had to make it known that we didn't want to seem disrespectful, in any way, shape or form, to Bruce and his music and his band."

The musician continued, "I don't want to upset them. We owe everything to him and our gratitude and respect to the band is imperative above all else. It became clear to us that this wasn't working and we just had to do what we thought was the right thing to do and that was to pull out."

The group had played at the Garden State Presidential Inaugural Gala — scheduled for Jan. 19 — twice before, and signed on for this year's festivities in 2013, long before Trump's election was anything close to a reality.

Forte added that stories about the group signing on for the gig were "so distorted ... There were misleading headlines like, 'Trump Hires B-Street Band.'"

Among those to express surprise over the gig: E Street Band founding bass player Garry Tallent, who tweeted, "Please tell me this is more fake news. Or at least a joke."

E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt likewise weighed in, tweeting, "Nice guys. Met them. I wouldn't say right or wrong. Up to them. But it's naive to think one can separate Art and Politics. Art IS Politics."

The B-Street Band's decision to bow out is the latest chapter in the inauguration's difficulty in lining up talent. Over the weekend, "Dreamgirls" star Jennifer Holliday dropped out of Trump's inauguration event, calling her decision to perform in the first place a "lapse of judgment," in an open letter first provided to TheWrap.

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Bruce Springsteen performing at the CNE Stadium in Toronto, Canada on July 24, 1984. (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
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American musician Bruce Springsteen plays at the Trenton War Memorial, Trenton, New Jersey, November 1974. (Photo by Allan Tannenbaum/Getty Images)
Singer Bruce Springsteen walking down Sunset Strip with his hands in the pockets of his leather jacket, 1975. He is in Los Angeles to promote his album Born To Run. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1983: Bruce Springsteen circa 1983 in New York City. (Photo by Laura/IMAGES/Getty Images)
American rock singer and songwriter Bruce Springsteen stands onstage, holding an electric guitar at his side during a concert, 1980s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
**FILE PHOTO**LANDOVER, MD - AUG. 25: Opening night of Bruce Springsteen's four sold-out concerts at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD on Aug. 25, 1984. (Photo by Lucian Perkins/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1984: Bruce Springsteen circa 1984 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Images/Getty Images)
American Bruce Springsteen performs, on June 29, 1985 in La Courneuve, outside Paris. AFP PHOTO MICHEL GANGNE (Photo credit should read MICHEL GANGNE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Rock 'n' roll superstar Bruce Springsteen wraped up his worldwide 'The Rising' tour on October 4, 2003 at Shea Stadium in New York. REUTERS/Albert Ferreira AF
Bruce Springsteen inducts Irish rock group U2 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York March 14, 2005. The 20th annual ceremony also honoured The Pretenders, Percy Sledge and the O'Jays as well as blues-guitar great Buddy Guy as members of rock's elite. REUTERS/Mike Segar MS/KS
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American Bruce Springsteen performs, on October 10, 1988 during an Amnesty International concert Abidjan. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Bruce Springsteen Visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on November 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/NBC/Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon')
Musician Bruce Springsteen (L) receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 22, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. musician Bruce Springsteen (C) performs with guitarists Stevie Van Zandt (R) and Nils Lofgren on his "The River Tour 2016" at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland July 31, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Bruce Springsteen performs during The River Tour at the LA Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Singer Bruce Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa listen to U.S. President Barack Obama speak at the USC Shoah Foundation 20th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles May 7, 2014. Springsteen performed at the event. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT)
Bruce Springsteen poses at the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute and Dinner in his honor in Los Angeles February 8, 2013. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
U.S. President Barack Obama is pictured with singer Bruce Springsteen (R) during an election campaign rally in Madison, Wisconsin, November 5, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS USA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ELECTIONS ENTERTAINMENT)
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