Beach Boys Considering Invitation to Perform at Trump Inauguration
Steve Marinucci, Billboard, Dec 23 2016
Bruce Johnston & Mike Love at Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors in LA, Oct 25 2016.
(Photo: Todd Williamson/Getty/ATI)
The Beach Boys confirmed to Billboard Thursday (Dec 22) they have been asked to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration but have not yet made a decision to to do it, a spokesman for the band said. The statement released by the band said:
The Beach Boys have been asked to perform as part of the inauguration festivities. But no decision has been made at this point as to how or whether they will participate. We will let you know as soon as a decision is final.
The Beach Boys have performed in the past at events relating to Reagan, Bush and Clinton. According to the NYT, they performed at a $100-a-head fundraiser for Reagan during the 1984 RNC that nominated him. In a now-famous incident in the 1980s, Nancy Reagan came to the defense of the band after then-Sec Int James Watts in Apr 1983, opposed the Beach Boys and the Grass Roots from performing on the Washington Mall on Jul 4 because they attracted an undesirable element. He instead wanted acts like the Army Blues Band and Wayne Newton to play, the WaPo reported at the time. After Nancy Reagan personally intervened and invited them, the band played in Faschingstein on Jul 4 1984. That concert included a guest performance by Ringo Starr. Nancy Reagan became a close friend of the band., and it returned again to perform in Faschingstein in 1985. Watt resigned from his Reagan Administration post in Oct 1983, after being sharply criticized on both sides of the aisle for what he said was a “light-hearted” description of a coal advisory committee:
We have every kind of mixture you can have. I have a Black, I have a woman, two Jews and a cripple. And we have talent.