Garth Brooks will be performing at Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ inauguration on Wednesday in what he calls “a statement of unity.”
“This is a great day in our household. This is not a political statement, this is a statement of unity,” Brooks stated in a press conference on Monday. “This is history. And it’s an honor, this is how I get to serve this country.”
Brooks will join the previously announced Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez in performing at the ceremony. The 58-year-old musician is a Republican, previously joking that he was the “only Republican” at Obama’s inauguration. Although he was invited, Brooks did not perform at Trump’s inauguration due to touring conflicts.
“I’ve played for every president there is since Carter, with the exception of Reagan. This is an honor for me to get to serve. And it’s one of the things that, if my family is around, no matter who the new president-elect is… it’s pretty cool to be asked,” he said.
Brooks also opened up about his thoughts on the Capitol riot on January 6, stating, “What happened was we saw people in the heat of the moment, and we’ve seen it on television before. I felt like it was in some other country, but it was here. And now we deal with it, take responsibility, we claim it, and now we do our best to make sure something like that doesn’t happen again.”
While Brooks refused to reveal what he will be singing at the inauguration, he said that the song will reflect “love and unity.”