Motley Crue Singer Vince Neil to Perform at Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration [UPDATE: No He’s Not]
UPDATE: Vince Neil tells TMZ that he was uninvited to the inauguration and will not be singing at the Jan. 20 ceremony, despite the Billboard story that reported he would indeed be one of the performers. The singer says once Donald Trump won, the invitation was rescinded, suggesting that he may have been invited by Democrats. See him try to explain it to TMZ in the video above.
In the nearly two years of campaigning prior to the 2016 presidential election, numerous artists had asked party nominees to stop using their music. It's a common occurrence every election cycle and with the campaigning mercifully at an end, the next question on everyone's minds was who will be selected to perform at the 2017 presidential inauguration of Donald Trump? We now have the answer: Motley Crue's Vince Neil.
The news was reported by Billboard, and Neil told the outlet he was asked about the possibility of performing at the prestigious ceremony "months ago" as plans were effectively made ahead of election night. “The promoters asked if I was available and I said yes. So we sent all of the band’s passports to the Secret Service so everybody can get in and all of the crew people, not knowing who was winning. But we were already scheduled to play," the singer added.
The biggest question left now is the one concerning which songs Neil will be performing with his solo band. Crue's "Home Sweet Home" and "Take Me to the Top" all seem like logical choices, but Neil is still in the dark. “I don’t know how long I have to play," he admitted, continuing, "I don’t know if the Republican Party says which [songs] to play and what not to do. It’s a little ways out. I’ll have more information as time goes on."
The inauguration is set for for Jan. 20, 2017, the same month in which Neil will appear as a contestant on the NBC hit show The Celebrity Apprentice, a program that was formerly hosted by Trump himself. The president-elect was let go by NBC in August of 2015 after making disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants while announcing his campaign to be the Republican presidential nominee. Trump has since been replaced by new host Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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