Aretha Franklin performed at President Barack Obama’s first inauguration ceremony, and Beyonce appeared at his second.
So far, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Jackie Evancho and The Radio City Rockettes are lined up to perform at Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration.
It’s not too big of a surprise that the chorale is in, having made appearances at swearing-in ceremonies of Lyndon Johnson (1965), Richard Nixon (1969), Ronald Reagan (1981), George H.W. Bush (1989) and George W. Bush (2001).
Evancho, the 16-year-old crossover opera singer who hit it big in 2010 as a 10-year-old on “America’s Got Talent,” told “Today” anchors Hoda Kotb, Matt Lauer, Tamron Hall and Al Roker that she’s “so excited” about performance: “It’s going to be awesome.”
Others didn’t express the same enthusiasm over the prospect.
Here are just a few tidbits from artists — some who were asked, other commenting hypothetically — about playing the presidential gig.
Dixie Chicks’ manager Simon Renshaw said, “If anyone does do it, I hope that the check that they get is in the nine figures. Because it’s probably the last check they’re ever going to get. No one is prepared to normalize what is going on in the country right now.”
David Foster said, “I was asked to participate in the upcoming inauguration some time ago and I politely and respectfully declined.”
Ice T made a crack on Twitter that he had been approached, “didn’t pick up and blocked the number” and even recommended Trump supporter Ted Nugent as an alternative. (But he later had to clear up that it was a joke.)
Although a member of the presidential transition team told the BBC that Elton John would be performing, his publicist Fran Curtis sent the New York Times the comment: “Incorrect.“
Adam Lambert, asked if a large fee would encourage him, replied, “I don’t think I would take the money on that one.”
And Idina Menzel observed, “I think it’s karma, baby … Maybe he’ll just have to sing something himself. He probably thinks he has a great voice. He thinks he does everything great.”
In Food Network news, East Bay pastry chef Cheryl Lew (formerly of Montclair Baking in Oakland) made a mighty showing in the recent third season of “Holiday Baking Championship”; her sleek, chic sleigh ride devil’s food cake lost to Kentuckian Jason Smith’s elves’ workshop Italian cream cake.
Singer Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam is 52. … Novelist Donna Tartt is 53. .. Actress Susan Lucci is 70. … Actor-comedian Harry Shearer is 73. … Guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) is 76.