There are only a handful of musical acts who have agreed to play in Washington D.C. for the Trump inauguration. Paul Anka dropped out today, citing who knows what. Toby Keith is Toby Keith--he'll play entirely out of spite in order to ensure that a lot of people are pissed off at him for no reason because of freedom. The only touring rock band who will play is 3 Doors Down.
That's their right. But it is also your right and my right to boycott their music, which should be pretty easy because they're not a band that has never been on my radar. That phony alternative metal/rock hybrid stuff--nope, not going there. They're huge in the context of the last dozen or so years of a dysfunctional music industry, and selling 20 million records has certainly earned them a good living so far. What that means in terms of being good, I can't make a judgment on that.
In terms of show business savvy, this is a stupid unforced error on their part. Whoever is managing or advising them should have said that this is not the hill they should die on. Hundreds of acts have played it safe and stayed out of this so I don't know what is going on. Defiance? Greed?
Well, here's the thing. You can play for Trump, but Trump doesn't pay people who perform for him. He doesn't pay contractors, little girls dance acts, or tradesmen, so I don't know what the business angle here is. By playing, you're asking for a whole lot of grief. And it's D.C. in January--nobody wants that gig.