Songwriter Robi "Draco" Rosa is upset that Latin superstar Ricky Martin will be appearing at the first inaugural celebration for U.S. president-elect George W. Bush. Martin is set to perform the Rosa-
Songwriter Robi "Draco" Rosa is upset that Latin superstar Ricky Martin will be appearing at the first inaugural celebration for U.S. president-elect George W. Bush. Martin is set to perform the Rosa-penned song "The Cup Of Life" at a Jan. 18 event at the Lincoln Memorial, which will also feature performances by chart toppers Destiny's Child, legendary rocker Van Morrison, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
"Singing 'The Cup Of Life' at George Bush's inauguration is like playing the fiddle while Rome burns," Rosa said in a statement. "This is a very partisan act. This is a President who would have people in his cabinet who would obstruct the exercise of civil rights, human rights, consumer rights, the right to choose, the right to be free of gun violence, and the right to a clean environment. This is a betrayal of everything that every Puerto Rican should stand for."
When his participation was announced, Martin said in a statement, "I am honored to be a part of the first inaugural celebration of the 21st century." Calls to Martin's Columbia Records spokesperson for comment on Draco's remarks were not returned at deadline.
Rosa has written several songs for Martin, including his breakthrough hit "Livin' La Vida Loca," which topped The Billboard Hot 100 in May 1999.
Other artists taking part in various inaugural celebrations around Washington, D.C., include Texans ZZ Top, Lyle Lovett, and Clint Black.