Donald Trump’s effort to line up talent to perform at his inauguration continues to run into hurdles, with Garth Brooks among the latest artists to turn him down, according to The New York Post’s Page Six.
As we reported this week, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, who has a long association with Trump, also turned down the invitation after a “Boycott Bocelli” movement surfaced on social media.
But Trump may have his headliner in his sights. The Post reports that his team has reached out to the Beach Boys — “and they’ve yet to decline.”
Mike Love, who is leading the Beach Boys these days, was asked about the possibility of playing at a Trump inauguration all the way back in September. “He’s been a friend for a long time,” Love told The Post at that time. “Does that mean I agree with everything he says? No. But . . . if we were asked [to play his inauguration], I’m sure that we would.”
The Post’s report today quotes a source close to the band saying: “They have not made a decision.”
The report adds: “So far, Republican organizers have been able to book only teen singer Jackie Evancho and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which performed at the inaugurations of Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and both Bushes.”