Moby offers to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration, but there's a catch

Moby says he'll perform if Donald Trump releases his tax records.
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Moby says he'll perform if Donald Trump releases his tax records.

Donald Trump's inauguration planners appear to be scraping a barrel in their hunt for big name acts to perform at the event later this month - but they've had an offer of sorts from Moby.

The DJ says he turned down a request to perform at the US President-elect's inauguration ball, after he's sworn into office on January 20.

However, Moby did offer to perform - if Trump releases his tax returns.

In an Instagram post, Moby wrote: "Hahahahaha, I was just asked by a booking agent if I would consider djing at one of the inaugural balls for #trump... Hahahahaha, wait, Hahahaha, really?"

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"I guess I'd DJ at an inaugural ball if as payment #trump released his tax returns. Also I would probably play public enemy and stockhausen remixes to entertain the republicans. I'm still laughing. Hahahaha. So #trump what do you think, I DJ for you and you release your tax returns?"

The property mogul-turned-politician has resisted pressure to release his taxes, amid reports he may have dodged paying tax for up to 18 years.

Moby has previously called Trump a "dimwitted racist misogynist", so he seems an odd choice to approach for the night's entertainment.

The celebrity DJ did, however, prepare a potential playlist for the evening, at Billboard magazine's request.

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With tongue firmly in cheek, he suggested a very political soundtrack, including Public Enemy's Fight The Power, The Clash's I'm So Bored With The USA and Green Day's American Idiot.

Charlotte Church also rebuffed a performance invitation, with a zinging tweet.

Trump's team are running out of options for entertainment, with many big name acts rejecting approaches to perform at the event.

Others who've turned him down include Elton John, Celine Dion, Kiss, Andrea Bocelli, Garth Brooks, David Foster and Rebecca Ferguson.

The Rolling Stones, whose You Can't Always Get What You Want was infamously, oddly used by Trump throughout his campaign, had also previously voiced their disinterest.

The confirmed line-up so far includes country duo Big & Rich, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (although one member has quit over the performance), America's Got Talent teen Jackie Evancho, dance company The Rockettes (despite reported dissent from within the group), Alabama's Talladega College Marching Band, and a country-rapper named Cowboy Troy who charted sometime around the mid-2000s.

By way of comparison, the line-up at Obama's second inauguration in 2013 included Beyoncé, James Taylor, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder.

- Stuff and Sydney Morning Herald

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