18 Enero 2017 11:31
Trump’s inauguration concert looks more like a TV talent show.
The celebratory concert that will take place the day before Donald Trump is officially sworn in as President of the United States, is looking more like a TV talent show than the ‘great spectacle’ the Donald is promising.
Here are a few of the ‘big’ names that will be performing for the USA’s 45th president: former America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho; country artists Toby Keith and The Frontmen of Country; The Piano Guys; the Wii console drummer DJ Ravi Drums; Lee Greenwood; the southern rock band 3 Doors Down (think a poor man’s Nickelback); and 80s cover band The Reagan Years.
And if that’s not enough to get you salivating, there’s the Radio City Rockettes, and, ahem, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Up there with Woodstock ’69 in our humble opinion.
But seriously, you could organise a genuinely great festival with all the acts who have turned down an invitation to perform for Trump. One artist among the dozens who declined was Jennifer Holliday. Although she initially accepted, the singer quickly backed out after receiving an overwhelming amount of criticism from her LGBT fans.
Although event organisers insist they’ve still got some names to announce, it looks like most artists are steering clear. There’s no sign of the sort of major stars that Obama managed to draw: high-calibre acts like Shakira, Beyoncé and Aretha Franklin.
Moby was another of those asked to perform. He went very public with his refusal, posting a mocking statement on Instagram:
‘I guess I’d DJ at an inaugural ball if, as payment, Trump released his tax returns. Also, I would probably play Public Enemy and Stockhausen remixes to entertain the Republicans.’
While Trump’s team are still scrambling to sign someone to save this car crash of a line-up, Barack Obama threw a farewell bash in the White House last Friday, attended by, among other A-listers, Jay Z, Beyoncé, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen. The party apparently went on until four in the morning. As the revellers said their tearful goodbyes to the Obamas, the thought must have struck that they wouldn’t be invited back to the presidential abode for at least another four years.