Did Sting derail a performance by Chris Botti at the presidential inauguration?
Chris Botti had been invited to perform during President George W. Bush’s inauguration festivities, but had to decline due to shows that were already scheduled.
However, an upcoming book claims that Sting, whom Botti has performed with, had a hand in the matter. Toby Rogers, in his book on Bush called The Blue And The Red, claims that Sting – who is no fan of Bush – forcibly convinced Botti not to perform at the inauguration because it could ruin the trumpeter’s career.
However, Botti’s management says the account in the book is simply untrue. "The information published is completely and totally inaccurate,” says Botti manager Marc Silag. “The author and his publisher went to press without corroborating the facts. Beyond that, I have no comment."
Botti, who opens for vocalist Josh Groban beginning Jan. 25th, performed in Oakland, California, on Jan. 18 and Jan. 19 and began a four-day run in Seattle on Jan. 20.Posted by Brian Soergel at January 23, 2005 7:06 PM