In a virtual press conference, Brooks emphasized the word “unity” and said that he had not made a political statement in his decision to appear at the inauguration. “This is a declaration of unity,” he said, describing how Dr. Jill Biden had personally invited him to perform.
The Grammy-winning country singer, who also appeared on former President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, said he didn’t know which song he was going to play (he teased “two or three options”), but he counted on it “Bare-Bones” set.
“It lets this music come through and speak,” he said.
“I’ve played for every president since Carter except Reagan,” he continued. “It is an honor for me to serve … and it is one of the things that it is an honor to be asked when my family is around, no matter who the president-elect is.”
Speaking of the January 6th Capitol riot, Brooks said: “It was troubling. It was sad. However, try to remember that we are humanity. We make decisions very spontaneously … And now let’s deal with that. To take responsibility. We claim it. And now we’re doing our best to make sure of something like [that] won’t happen again. “
“I could be the only Republican in this place,” he admitted. “But it’s about reaching out and loving one another.”
Brooks accompanies Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez for the day part of Inauguration Day.
An evening TV special, “Celebrating America,” will air later. It is hosted by Tom Hanks and features performances by Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Ant Clemons, and more, according to the opening committee.