Maybe the least expected band reunion of 2021 is already here, with the New Radicals getting back together for the first time in 22 years. They will close the virtual “Parade Across America” that will take place after president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris are sworn in on Wednesday.
“If there’s one thing on Earth that would possibly make us get the band together, if only for a day, it is the hope that our song could be even the tiniest beacon of light in such a dark time,” New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander said in a statement.
The New Radicals broke up just a few months after releasing their iconic single “You Get What You Give,” which became an elder millennial anthem and, notably, the favorite song of Beau Biden — the president-elect’s oldest son who passed away in 2015. Like many young Americans, Beau resonated with the song’s message which, while deeply anti-establishment, is ultimately a hopeful ode to being the change.
“Performing the song again after such a long time is a huge honor because we all have deep respect for Beau’s military service and such high hopes for the unity and normalcy Joe and Kamala will bring our country again in this time of crisis,” Alexander added in his statement.
It’s the splashiest announcement to come from the inauguration yet, which will also feature performances from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, John Legend and plenty more.