Springsteen tribute band drops out of Trump inauguration

A Bruce Springsteen tribute band has cancelled 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.

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.