With all the furor over which celebrities are backing out of performing at inauguration celebrations, one legendary rock band willing to play was axed for charging too high a fee.
President-elect Donald Trump reportedly pulled the plug on a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band when they would not lower their $1 million appearance fee, according to TMZ.
Donald Trump Cuts Rock Legends to Slash Inauguration Costs https://t.co/Hxjzabi1Vr
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 18, 2017
Trump told his Inaugural Committee to find other artists when the group would not cooperate, saving the money for charity instead.
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Despite more than $90 million in donations to the committee, Trump reportedly requested expenses be kept low in order to donate whatever is left to charities following the inauguration.
“We’re told planners had only 2 directives: make it diverse and do it on the cheap,” TMZ reported.
when did the presence of “A-list” stars become a top 3 factor in analyzing an inauguration? The founding fathers would be stunned
— David Head (@DHponders) January 18, 2017
@TMZ So? What’s wrong with that? People are being annihilated for saying they’ll perform anyway. @realDonaldTrump doesn’t need celebrities.
— . (@FetchingFeline) January 18, 2017
The names of multiple performers scheduled to play the Liberty Ball and Freedom Ball are being kept secret so as not to raise the ire of fans. Several artists backed out or declined invitations to perform due to backlash and even death threats.
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