Back in December, Garth Brooks said that he would perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration if presented with the opportunity, but the event happening this weekend will be Garth-free. During a Facebook live video, a bearded Garth admitted that the decision was left up to “karma.”
“We said, ‘If Cincinnati goes two weekends instead of one, of course we’re out,'” Brooks said. “Sure enough, Cincinnati did five shows, two weekends, and backed us up into it and we got knocked out of it.”
I’ll tell you what with this whole presidential thing, we’ve got one going out and I pray for him and his family,” he says. “And for the president going in, I pray for him and his family to guide this nation. Let’s stay together – love, unity, that’s what it’s all about. In the immortal words of Martin Luther King, the most durable power that we’ve known is love. It will always be that way. So again, I can’t thank the Obamas enough for serving this country, and may God hold Trump’s hand in the decisions he makes in the country’s name as well.”
Garth Brooks performed at President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Lee Greenwood, Toby Keith, Big & Rich, and Darryl Worley are all scheduled to take part in Trump’s inaugural events.