Beach Boys to Play Donald Trump Inauguration? Band Reportedly Debating Gig
Are The Beach Boys slated to play Donald Trump's inauguration? The band is reportedly debating doing the gig, which would be on Jan. 20. The Beach Boys have not yet decided whether they will perform or not.
The potential gig was confirmed to Billboard in a statement that read, “The Beach Boys have been asked to perform as part of the inauguration festivities. But no decision has been made at this point as to how or whether they will participate. We will let you know as soon as a decision is final.”
The band is run by lead singer Mike Love and Brian Wilson is no longer part of the group. Love is known to be a conservative as well as a friend of Trump.
This past September, Love said to the New York Post that Trump has “been a friend for a long 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 Beach Boys have been featured at White House events before, performing for the Reagan campaign in 1984, and also performed for George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. If booked, the band would be the first notable artists to agree to the gig, as Trump has reportedly been struggling to fill the event with well-known musicians.
16-year-old opera singer Jackie Evancho recently revealed to the Today show that she will be singing the national anthem at the event. Evancho rose to fame back in 2010, when she appeared on America's Got Talent at the young age of 10.
“I’m so excited. It’s going to be awesome,” Evancho said to the Today anchors.