Garth Brooks addressed his conservative-leaning fans who were "very disappointed" that Garth will not be performing at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration later this week.
During his weekly interactive Facebook Live series Garth said he never agreed to perform during Friday's festivities because he was waiting to solidify his tour schedule for this weekend.
He explains, “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.".
When casino mogul Steve Wynn became part of the Trump inaugural team, he approached Garth who tells fans, "Steve Wynn is my brother. I love him to death."
Being in the middle of a two-year worldwide tour, he said, “We left it up to karma. If Cincinnati goes two weekends instead of one, then of course we are out."
Strong ticket sales prompted three additional shows in the Ohio city, booking Garth on inauguration weekend.
He says, “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 in, pray for him and his family to guide this nation. Let’s stay together. Love, unity -- that's what it's all about."
The singer then shared his own words for both the outgoing and incoming administrations: "We can't thank the Obamas enough for serving this country," he said. "And may God hold Trump's hand in the decisions that he makes in this country's name as well."
Noting that Monday was MLK Day, he continued, “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."
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