Garth Brooks will be performing as part of the swearing-in ceremonies for Joe Biden's inauguration tomorrow. He announced it yesterday during a press conference. "This is a great day in our household. This is not a political statement. This is a statement of unity. That's pretty much it. And . . . just excited, nervous, all the good things because this is history, and it's an honor to get to serve. This is how I get to serve this country. Our father served as a U.S. Marine, and in the Korean War had brothers that served in the Air Force and Army, and this is my chance to serve." He joked that he "might be the only Republican at this place." He also said, quote, "I've played for every president there is, since Carter, with the exception of Reagan. This is an honor for me. 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 wasn't sure what song he'll be doing tomorrow, but he did say we can expect a "broken down, bare-bones" performance without a band. "My job is pretty simple. My job is when they point to me, to get to do what I was put down here on this Earth to do and that's sing music in a celebration in an honorable day in this country where the new president takes over."
Lady Gaga will sing the National Anthem at the swearing-in ceremony, and Jennifer Lopez is also performing. The inauguration will be capped with a primetime special hosted by Tom Hanks. It'll feature performances from Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Bon Jovi, and more.