Opera star Andrea Bocelli will not be singing as planned at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The blind tenor decided to back out after receiving death threats; he also has fears that his fans would boycott his concerts and records, reports the Daily Mail.
“Andrea is very sad to be missing the chance to sing at such a huge global event but he has been advised it is simply not worth the risk,” said a source close to the singer. Trump is a “huge fan” of Bocelli, notes the website Page Six.
Also bailing on Trump’s inauguration is famed Broadway star Jennifer Holliday, who some had called “Uncle Tom” when she agreed to perform at the ceremony.
Explaining her decision to pull out of the event, Holliday said she did not realize that her participation would be interpreted as support for Trump. She then issued a statement apologizing to her lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fans: “My only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT community and to state unequivocally that I will not perform for the welcome concert or for any of the inauguration festivities.”
Trump has been having a great deal of trouble getting artists to perform at his inauguration, observes Rolling Stone.
The venerable music magazine quotes Ken Levitan, a top music manager who represents liberal and conservative artists: “At this point, we haven’t had anybody that has any desire to perform at the inauguration. Even if you’re a Trump supporter, you’ve got to look at how he plays the media and the public, in terms of how he attacks and twists things around. I’ve got to think there’s a fear of talking about things and working with him.”
Even Ted Nugent and Kid Rock, both ardent Trump supporters, have not been confirmed. Nor has Lee Greenwood, who has sung “God Bless the USA” for five presidents.
So far, confirmed inauguration performers include the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Radio City Rockettes, Toby Keith and 16-year-old singer Jackie Evancho.
Sources: Daily Mail, Page Six, Rolling Stone / Photo credit: AndreaBocelli.com