New Jersey inaugural gala replaces Springsteen cover band

A New Jersey group had musical entertainment at their inaugural gala after all, despite a Bruce Springsteen cover band pulling out of the celebration last-minute.



The New Jersey State Society signed the greater Baltimore-area Whitehouse Effect to play at Thursday night's event in Washington.



The society in 2013 had signed the B Street Band for Thursday's event after it had twice performed at the society's galas to mark President Barack Obama's inaugurals.



But the B Street Band drew jeers on social media from Springsteen fans once they found out the band would be playing ahead of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. Those fans accused the band of abandoning the soul of Springsteen. Band leader Willie Forte said the decision to cancel was based solely on the respect and gratitude the group has for Springsteen.



Springsteen has called the Republican Trump a "flagrant, toxic narcissist."



The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.


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