Garth Brooks says he might be the only republican at the Biden Harris inauguration, but he’ll be there to perform as a show of unity.
The country legend announced on Monday that he will be performing at Joe Biden’s inauguration as part of the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol building on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
“This is not a political statement, this is statement of unity,” Brooks said in a press conference with reporters. “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. 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.”
Brooks teased “two or three options” for his patriotic performance, but while he couldn’t name a specific song, he noted, “We were lucky enough to do ‘We Shall Be Free’ at the Obama inauguration, so I don’t think you’ll see that here.”
On Wednesday, Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, as will Kamala Harris as his vice president, in an event attended by members of Congress as well as former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Donald Trump, who was impeached for the second time last week, previously stated that he will not attend the ceremony, making him the first president since Andrew Johnson to do so.