- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey group will have music after a Bruce Springsteen cover band canceled its performance at a gala celebrating Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The New Jersey State Society has 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, who accused it of abandoning the soul of the musician. Band leader Willie Forte (FOR’-tay) said the decision to cancel was based solely on the respect and gratitude the group has for Springsteen.

Springsteen has called the Republican president-elect a “flagrant, toxic narcissist.

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