New Radicals are set to reunite after 22 years to perform at Joe Biden’s inaugural parade. The group, which broke up in 1999 — just months after the release of their 1998 hit ‘You Get What You Give’ – will perform the single as part of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ virtual ‘Parade Across America’ inauguration event, Rolling Stone reports.
“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. “America knows in its heart that things will get bright again with a new administration and a real plan for vaccines on the way. That’s the message of the song… this world is gonna pull through.”
He added: “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.”
‘You Get What You Give’ was used as the walk-out song for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff. Joe Biden has also talked about his connection to song, which became especially important to their family during his son Beau Biden’s final days.
“During breakfast, Beau would often make me listen to what I thought was his theme song, ‘You Get What You Give’ by the New Radicals,” Biden wrote in his memoir Promise, Me Dad. “Even though Beau never stopped fighting and his will to live was stronger than most – I think he knew that this day might come. The words to the song are: This whole damn world can fall apart. You’ll be ok, follow your heart.”
Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, John Legend, and others are also set to perform at various Inauguration events on Wednesday (January 20).