Minimum Gauge: Inuaguration events in D.C. continue to play musical chairs

Jennifer Holliday and The B Street Band are the latest to drop out of Donald Trump's inauguration events; Billy Corgan says urine/Russian prostitutes story isn't true because Trump is rich; Skrillex rejoins old Emo band, promptly rips off another band.

click to enlarge "Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome tonight's secret headlining performers — you can't get them to play, they don't just play for anyone — let's hear it for the best band to ever play music — they've sold more albums than anyone EVER in the history of the world — here they are, Starland Vocal Band!" - Photo: Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons
Photo: Gage Skidmore/Creative Commons
"Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome tonight's secret headlining performers — you can't get them to play, they don't just play for anyone — let's hear it for the best band to ever play music — they've sold more albums than anyone EVER in the history of the world — here they are, Starland Vocal Band!"

HOT: Party Poopers

Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday canceled her appearance at a “welcome” concert in Washington D.C. tied to Donald Trump’s star-deficient presidential inauguration, citing feedback from her “beloved LGBT community" (later it was revealed that she also received death threats). And a Bruce Springsteen tribute band booked to play an inaugural event backed out after presumably listening to the words in the music it played. Even longtime Trump pal Paul Anka bailed. The schmaltzy singer/songwriter was weirdly honest (or awkwardly dishonest) with his excuse, saying court proceedings in the lengthy custody battle over his tween son conflicted with the shindig, sparing us all a version of “My Way” with words about Trump. UPDATE: After we went to press, more comedy ensued involving the music at inauguration events. A report surfaced saying that many, many yuge, legendary acts are performing, but they will not be announced, a move that, if true, seems designed to avoid further embarrassment for Trump. Performers won’t be able to be reminded of what affiliating themselves with Trump means if no one knows they’re playing one of the events. Even actual booked act 3 Doors Down (well, as of a second ago the group was booked; we’ll update if that changes) received hate mail from dedicated fans over their decision to perform. Trump also allegedly canceled a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist who was negotiating to perform, because the group wanted to get paid. (My guess? Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers.)

WARM: Pumpkins Stick Together

Did Trump ask Smashing Pumpkins to play his big party? When Billy Corgan, leader of the ’90s AltRock band, isn’t teasing whether he’ll get back with the original lineup for a tour (spoiler alert: he will), he’s going on radio shows to give our new POTUS a better alibi for recent “pissy” allegations than, “I’m a germaphobe!” Corgan (who has faintly praised Trump in the past, seemingly comparing him to Nirvana, though he may just be trolling the press, which he hates probably more than Trump does) criticized BuzzFeed for printing the unsubstantiated urinary claims, saying they’re obviously false, because Trump is so rich, he doesn’t pay prostitutes to pee for him. Also, Trump has a reputation for not paying independent contractors for services rendered.

COLD: Skrillex Goes (Back) to Emo

EDM giant Skrillex reunited with his former Emo band for a new single release. It didn’t go great. The superstar DJ, who fronted From First to Last for a few years before deciding he’d rather have all of the money to himself after a gig, was back with the group for surprise single “Make War,” which was immediately met with claims of cover-art jacking by a band called Culture Abuse. That group released an album depicting a peach and fencing on the cover last year, while From First to Last’s single featured a peach and barbed wire fencing (totally different!). Skrillex took to Twitter to try to diffuse the issue, saying it was coincidental and he would never steal. According to Culture Abuse's Twitter, they spoke with Sonny and everything is cool now. Phew!

You be the judge — Culture Abuse's Peach album cover is on top: