Massive Anti-Inauguration ‘Freedom Concert’ Taking Shape (Updated)

Katy Perry, a major Hillary supporter, is a top 'Freedom Concert' possibility (GillyBerlin CC by 2.0)
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Katy Perry, a major Hillary supporter, is a top 'Freedom Concert' possibility (GillyBerlin CC by 2.0)
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Katy Perry, a major Hillary supporter, is a top ‘Freedom Concert’ possibility (GillyBerlin CC by 2.0)

Call it the anti-Inauguration.  But a number of superstar musicians seem willing to perform against the incoming President.  Here’s the latest on the ‘Freedom Concert’ taking shape.

Updated January 19th: Looks like this concert never quite materialized.  But, Michael Moore and Robert DeNiro are definitely hosting an anti-Inaugural event in NYC; more details on that here.  And her’s our initial coverage of the planned ‘Freedom Concert’ from December of last year.

Under mounting pressure from fans, Andrea Bocelli backed out of Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration. Elton John said “No Way!” Garth Brooks reportedly turned down the offer, although he did say he hasn’t been approached.  Celine Dion added her name to Trump’s enemy list.

To make matters worse, concert promoter Mark Ross, son of late Time Warner CEO Steve Ross, is in the process of organizing a counter-Donald-Trump inauguration. The concert will be held in Miami, and is tentatively dubbed, We The People, according to Politico.  “The organizers are looking to hold the event in Miami on Inauguration Day,” the report states.

“The talent is banging on our doors to do this… Ross is in the midst of lining up funding.”

Meanwhile, declared Trump enemy Robert Reich is fanning the flames on the idea.  Here’s his now-viral Facebook post.

The Trump people are upset that the only musicians willing to perform at the Trump inauguration are Kid Rock and Ted Nugent.

Someone just suggested to me a televised “freedom concert” to air at the same time as the inauguration — with huge celebrities like Beyoncé and Jay Z, Madonna, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, and so on. Alec Baldwin MC’s the event, playing Trump as he does on SNL.

Presto. The Trump inauguration loses all the TV ratings. Basically, no one watches it.

Even better, the proceeds of the freedom concert go to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, NAACP, Common Cause, CAIR, IRAP, SPLC, Environmental Defense Fund, Human Rights Campaign Fund, MoveOn, Economic Policy Institute, Inequality Media, and GLAD.

What do you think?

But who will perform?

There’s certainly a large number of possible takers.  But making the serious anti-Trump plunge is another matter entirely.

It’s no secret the music industry is largely (and vocally) against Trump. Top A-list performers published their reactions on social media. Snoop Dogg condemned the vote, Ariana Grande reportedly cried, Cher went on a Twitter rampage, and others vowed to move to Canada.

Others are taking activist, on-stage roles.  Guns N Roses hung a Donald Trump piñata in Mexico City, and offered fans to beat it. Furthermore, at the American Music Awards, Green Day shouted,


Alongside the We The People concert, The Tennessean reports that a group of Nashvillians will hold a “silent inauguration.” The silent inauguration will take place on Friday, January 20 at 10:45 am. People will remain silent for 15 minutes. Nashville entrepreneur Bruce Dobie is organizing the event.

“A lot of people just can’t bring themselves to watch Donald Trump be inaugurated because they felt that his vitriol and anger and use of coarse language was just so awful. People want a place to go and another experience to take part in when the inauguration is going on.”

Plans for a large-scale protest during Donald Trump’s ceremony falls in line with – surprisingly enough – InfoWars’s prediction.

In modern times, protesters last held a counter-inauguration rally against George W. Bush’s second inauguration.

Speaking about the silent protest during Donald Trump’s inauguration, Bruce Dobie said,

“The perfect antidote to this is not to scream at the top of our lungs back at the man and to adopt his coarse tactics but to be quiet and to be silent. I think silence is a powerful thing.”

47 Responses

  1. Rikki

    what morons, i was at occupy wall street and no alternative bands or young singers showed up……but 70-80 year olds did pete seegar arlo Guthrie….

    but they want to show up for an anti trump show? i hope their career crashes and burns…

    • Nancie evonik

      What do you know, smart ass? Probably mot much with your lack of education and comman sense.

      • Anonymous

        “What do you know, smart ass? Probably mot much with your lack of education and comman sense.”


        • Antinet

          One typo is not the same as someone using commas for periods. Trump supporters are all idiots. All I need to know.

    • Remi Swierczek

      I agree, lucky but ignorant or outright STUPID liberal mega stars living out of live cash and gliding on top mismanaged music industry corpse!

      Music business needs desperately own Donald Trump.

      Flower and sunshine lovers will not bring progress to any discipline of our civilization.

        • Will Buckley

          ” I hate you”

          More positive social change was accomplished in the sixties and seventies than in the last 40 years. As mad and frustrated as we may be hatred does not drive out hatred nor does it attract people to the cause.

          Many of those who voted for Trump are already regretting their decision. For the next four years we are going to have to fight one battle at a time to be successful.

          Unfocused, blind hate isn’t going to get us there.

      • Sandy Moran

        Better flowers and sunshine than shit and stormclouds, Remi. You reap what you sow, but we are planting seeds in better soil, and we will tend them very carefully. Meanwhile, we will show your president the same respect that so many of his supporters showed to President Obama.

        • disrespect is also earned

          Thank you that’s all that needed to be said

  2. Shit Boy

    Damn the , Grand Wizard , and his , Ku KluX Klan , mess and his , Uncle Tom , music industry pet poodles. Connect with the coin of the administration and liquidate 650 Billion before the year is out. Those credit receipts need to be realized this year in the year of the contact transactions : Literati X

  3. Trump Will Be Our President

    Let’s encourage the liberals to behave like this. As they continue to make themselves look irrational and childish they will never be in the White House again for another 200 years.

    • NukedbyTrump

      Says the guy who will be nuked by Trump because the dumb ass doesnt know what to do or say or be Presidential.

      • hmmm....

        Nuked by Trump? Are you so sure about that? That’s a pretty neurotic assumption. How did you come up with that? How do you know that? Did you eat too much fatty food today? Are you feeling OK? Did you get enough sleep last night? Please take better care of yourself.

    • Antinet

      Let’s encourage the Trumpsters to act like the slope-brained morons they are. Oh wait, they’ve already shown what idiots they are by electing a man who makes Shrub look like a mensa scholar.

      • hmmm....

        This is a perfect example of the racist color discriminating tolerant Left. These great puritan liberals who claim to be so righteous. Did we hear anyone talking about a terrible brown colored man when Obama was elected? No we did not, did we? Perhaps Trump is just your karma…now go look in the mirror to see the hypocrite standing in there.

    • L.Liberty&JusticeForAll

      D. T**** is the irrational childish one. You and the rest of his supporters only encourage the growing divide in this country with your bigotry, narcissism and small-mindedness.

  4. Remi Swierczek

    A… B… C… D… E… F… G… H… I… J… K… L… M… N… O… P… Q… R… S… T… U… V… W… X… Y… Z… now I know my a b c’s next time won’t you play with me.

  5. Anonymous

    Katy Perry can beat Trump in 20 — and destroy Kanye in 24, haha.

  6. Anonymous

    “a televised “freedom concert” to air at the same time as the inauguration”

    Please. Do. It.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. Please do it. Anything to distract from this travesty taking place on Jan 20th. Protests in DC will do little to show that the majority of this country dislike Trump and everything he stands for. You can bet he will have his goons there tossing people out. A concert that shows unity is the best way to convey that “We the People” know that the madman taking the oath is neither wanted nor will we have any part of his insatiable need for admiration & attention. I would love this diversion streaming a live concert where everyone, performers & audience, share the same sentiments & disdain for the man nobody wants to recognize as POTUS.

    • Malek

      Make it a telethon and it will raise way more than Jerry Lewis ever did.

  7. Anonymous

    “I think silence is a powerful thing”

    We’ve had enough of that.

  8. Coco

    I will be streaming this if it happens. Kind of funny that the Rockettes don’t even want to perform at Trump’s inauguration.

  9. Versus

    “his vitriol and anger and use of coarse language”

    From my naive viewpoint, those qualities appear to be present in excess on all sides of our debased political discourse.

  10. bob

    Jesus this site has gone to $h1t – can we please talk about some more important topics please, and move on from political news? Thanks

  11. Truth

    Really sad how low brow and ignorant these people are. They’re more concerned about desperately wanting to look cool then looking at truth and logic.

      • Antinet

        yeah, that is a constant in the world. She has one great body. Her voice, however, not so great.

  12. Pissedatyoko

    They should move from Malibu to Manitoba and have it there. Good Riddance. If I never see Beyonce again It will be too soon.

  13. jefftech

    Trump is such a tool, the anti-inaug party will be huge, justice is served!

  14. Babs

    fuck Hollywood ,and all you crybabies , Toby Keith will be performing , he’s as American as it gets, I could care less about the lineup of overpaid no talent Obama fans. Trump is our president , he is also as American as it gets.

    • Smiles

      Yeah I can see why a redneck, hillbilly like you would be a Trump supporter. But hey, don’t know your gender but I’m pretty sure he can “grab you by the pussy” either way ?

    • kodibass

      I would rather listen to, a few local bands (working musicians) Than a bunch of So called A list Sluts who can barely sing , But they are good at coming on stage mostly naked & being disgusting ,class act indeed,, & Jay Z ? , Alec Baldwin ?? TRUMP IS YOUR NEW President ,, Hahhh I will admit its fun watching you lib-tards rant.. So SO fun. President Trump,, Got it? GOOD !

  15. Lynn

    Has everyone who vowed to leave the country if Trump was elected packed their bags yet? Why don’t you leave before the inauguration then you won’t have to be bothered by any of this. You might even have to learn to be an adult in another country.