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“If I go crazy, then will you still call me Superman?”
That hard-rockin’ lyric from 3 Doors Down’s biggest hit (17 years ago) is now American history. The Escatawpa, Mississippi, rockers—alongside country music icon Toby Keith—were on Friday confirmed as headliners for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration weekend.
The “Kryponite” singers will lead a bill on Jan. 19 at the Lincoln Memorial—the day prior to the proper ceremony—that Billboard reports includes Keith, singer Jennifer Holliday, “DJ Ravidrums, the Piano Guys, Tim Rushlow (“Little Texas”), Larry Stewart (“Restless Heart”), Marty Roe (“Diamond Rio”),” and Lee Greenwood (“God Bless the USA”).
The “‘Make America Great Again!’ Welcome Celebration” will take place Thursday, January 19th and will be broadcast live to the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It will feature historic remarks from President-elect Trump and special appearances from Toby Keith, Jon Voight, Jennifer Holliday, DJ Ravidrums, The Piano Guys, Tim Rushlow (“Little Texas”), Larry Stewart (“Restless Heart”), Marty Roe (“Diamond Rio”), Lee Greenwood, and 3 Doors Down. Information for free public events can be found at 58PIC2017.org
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The inauguration festivities have been plagued with criticism due to a lack of star power represented in the entertainment programming. Music titans like Garth Brooks, Céline Dion, and Elton John have reportedly turned Trump down, the Rockettes were added to the bill amid controversy, and as of Friday morning the hardest-rocking act penciled in was a Bruce Springsteen cover band.
But Keith and 3 Doors Down—those freedom fighters of southern rock—add grace, class, and free-livin’ rock to the ceremony. And if you don’t like it, they’ll put a boot in your ass.
For Washington, D.C., residents looking for counter-programming, acts like Solange, the National, and even Blues Traveler have protest concerts planned inauguration weekend.
Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.