“This is a great day in our household,” country megastar Garth Brooks began his virtual press conference Monday. The icon’s statement comes a mere 48 hours before President-Elect Joe Biden is sworn in as the U.S’s 46th President on Wednesday. Brooks is to perform at the inauguration ceremony and is excited to make “history” after being invited to do so by incoming First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.
Brooks is, however, looking to manage expectations. During the same press conference, he was quick to note that this performance is in no way about him. As such, he will perform solo during Biden’s swearing-in. Brooks is looking to make his appearance a “broken down, bare-bones” affair to keep the focus on the matter at hand.
Moreover, Brooks hinted at covering material by songwriters from outside the U.S., the Associated Press cites. He does not intend to perform “We Shall Be Free,” his socially conscious anthem, either, which he previously performed at Former President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Garth Brooks Praises Biden for Being “Hellbent on Making Things Good”
For Garth Brooks, the praise – and focus – is to remain on President-Elect Joe Biden. He praises the incoming Commander in Chief for being “hellbent on making things good.”
Brooks, too, is welcoming the “chance to help the country heal.”
“I want to spend the next 10 years of my life not divided,” he added. I’m so tired of being divided.”
In addition to Obama’s inaugural, Garth Brooks has performed for every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter, with the exception of Reagan and Trump. When asked to do so for Trump in 2017, Brooks turned down the opportunity – citing a “scheduling conflict.”
Regardless, Brooks hopes to send a clear message of unity with his performance.
“For me… there are the people that love music. So in this case, you must rise beyond red and blue,” the star states. “You must rise beyond black and white, gay/straight, male/female. Look at it from above. Look at it as America. So, that’s always kind of been my thing. You are all welcome at a Garth Brooks Concert. The whole mission of a Garth Brooks concert is for people who watch the show to leave the show loving each other more than when they came in. That’s never going to change for me.”