TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Bruce Springsteen tribute band has canceled its plans to perform at a Washington gala before Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.

B Street Band leader Willie Forte said Monday that the decision is based “solely on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band.” He tells The Associated Press that “this whole thing just got blown out of proportion.”

The group had signed a contract to appear Thursday with the New Jersey State Society, but it had drawn criticism for the show because of Springsteen’s distaste for Trump.

President Barack Obama and rocker Bruce Springsteen wave to a crowd of 18,000 people during a rally on the last day of campaigning in the general election November 5, 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and rocker Bruce Springsteen wave to a crowd of 18,000 people during a rally on the last day of campaigning in the general election November 5, 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Springsteen has called Trump a “flagrant, toxic narcissist.” Springsteen performed during Obama’s inaugural in 2009.

The New Jersey State Society said Sunday it was “very disappointed” by the cancellation but understood the group’s decision.

Comments (2)
  1. Jerry Guthro says:

    Is this all the liberals have to concern themselves? Time wasting fools.

  2. Once you agree to take a job, you need to honor the contract. Why did they say yes in the first place. This is bad business.

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