Garth Brooks Explains Why He Didn’t Take Trump Inauguration Gig

Country star confirms he was approached by billionaire Steve Wynn to play for Trump

Last Updated: January 16, 2017 @ 4:44 PM

Garth Brooks offered up some clarity on his role in Donald Trump’s inauguration, saying he supports the President-elect but that concert dates will keep him from the Friday festivities.

Garth addressed dozens of fan questions over the inauguration during a weekly chat series on his official Facebook page, with many fans disappointed he would not grace the national stage for Trump.

“We go up to do the Christmas tree lighting in D.C., and TMZ — they always stick a camera in your face — they go, ‘Hey man, what about the inauguration?’ And the response was, ‘It’s always an honor to serve.’ I wasn’t asked at that point,” Brooks said of the December reports.

The crooner confirmed that in the new year, casino billionaire and his “brother” Steve Wynn eventually made a formal offer as a member of the Trump inaugural team. Brooks, however, is in the middle of a two-year worldwide tour and told Wynn he would “leave it up to karma” — meaning ticket sales would decide his availability.

Two planned shows in January at Cincinnati, Ohio’s U.S. Bank Arena quickly turned into a five-night commitment, making Brooks unavailable to sing for Trump.

“But I’ll tell you with this whole presidential thing: we got one going out, pray for him and his family. And for the president going, pray for him and his family to guide this nation. Let’s stay together,” Brooks said.

“In the immortal words of of Martin Luther King, the most durable power that we’ve known is love. It will always be that way,” he concluded.