In THE BLUE AND THE RED, author TOBY ROGERS claims Sting told trumpeter Chris Botti not to perform at today's (20JAN05) event, which will see Bush sworn in as President for a second term.
Rogers claims Sting told Botti, "You can't do it. You can't perform at the inaugural. It will ruin your career!"
However, a spokeswoman for Botti says the musician pulled out of the inaugural event because of a scheduling conflict.
She tells website PAGESIX.COM, "He was booked to play the JAZZ ALLEY in Seattle the same day and he couldn't get out of it.
"He said, 'Almost everyone I spoke to said not to do it, but I would have done it if I could have gotten out of those dates. I would play for any president that asks me.'"20/01/2005 17:44