Garth Brooks is the latest musical act announced to perform at Joe Biden’s upcoming inauguration.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee shared the news on Monday (January 18), stating that Dr. Jill Biden personally reached out to the country legend, who joked that he’ll most likely be “the only Republican at the ceremony.”
Entertainment Tonight also caught up with the “Thunder Rolls” superstar, who spoke to reporters about his upcoming performance at this week’s swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol building, where Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States and Kamala Harris as vice president on Wednesday (January 20).
"This is not a political statement, this is a statement of unity," the 58-year-old told reporters, according to the outlet. "This is kind of how I get to serve this country.”
“I’ve played for every president there is, since Carter, with the exception of Reagan,” said the musician. “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 president-elect is, it's an honor to be asked."
Without giving away any specific song he plans to play at the event, Brooks teased “two or three options” are being considered. "We were lucky enough to do 'We Shall Be Free' at the Obama inauguration, so I don't think you'll see that here,” said Brooks, who is the latest musical act expected to perform at the inauguration.
In addition to Brooks, the TV special, titled Celebrating America, will also see headliner Lady Gaga singing the national anthem, with co-headliner Jennifer Lopez delivering a presentation of her to celebrate the Biden-Harris administration.
Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, John Legend, Foo Fighters, and Jon Bon Jovi have also been among the bevy of musicians to deliver performances for the televised event, which will be attended by members of Congress as well as former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. (It’s been previously reported that the 45th POTUS, Donald Trump, will not be attending Biden’s inauguration.)
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