Garth Brooks is speaking directly to his fans about his decision to play the inauguration party this week. Brooks has said directly to fans, this “isn’t political,” but it’s all about “unity.”
Included in the lineup to play the Biden/Harris inauguration is country music crooner and former rock star Garth Brooks. Brooks joins Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, and John Legend, so there is some serious superstar power here.
So what made Brooks decide to play this week?
It’s a tradition
In an interview with ETOnline, he stressed that this was in no way a political statement. In fact, Brooks wants politics completely out of his decision, despite the fact that the inauguration is a political event.
“This is not a political event, this is a statement of unity … This is how I get to serve this country.” He shared.
And it’s more than just that, for Brooks. “I’ve played for every president there is, since Carter, with the exception of Regan. 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.” He shared. “I might be the only Republican at this place, but it’s about reaching across and loving one another.”
In Brooks defense, that’s a long tradition – and a lot of presidents. It’s easy to forget Garth Brooks is 58 years old and has been around a while.
Apparently, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden originally was the one who asked Garth to perform at their inauguration. Who knew she was a secret country fan?!