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Beach Boys Tapped To Play On Inauguration Day

Few bands are more all-American than the Beach Boys, and the group is considering an offer to be part of that most all-American of festivities -- Inauguration Day.

The Beach Boys have confirmed that they've been invited "to perform as part of the inauguration festivities" on January 20 in Washington D.C., according to a band statement -- which continues that "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 are no stranger to Presidential Washington, of course; They've performed for previous presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton and for a time during the 80s held fourth at Fourth of July concerts on the Washington Mall.

Most famously they were bumped from the spot in 1983 by Secretary of the Interior James Watts, who was chastised by First Lady Nancy Reagan; The Beach Boys were back on the Mall in 1984.

The Rockettes and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have so far signed on to perform during the Inauguration.

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.