Wake up, kids: New Radicals are back.
The long-dormant band, which broke up in 1999 shortly after the release of their 1998 debut album, Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed, Too and its hit lead single “You Get What You Give,” is set to reunite to perform at a Joe Biden inauguration event.
That’s according to Rolling Stone, which reports that New Radicals will play the virtual Parade Across America event, which will take place following the official swearing-in of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
“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,” frontman Gregg Alexander says in a statement to Rolling Stone.
“America knows in its heart that things will get bright again with a new administration and a real plan for vaccines on the way,” Alexander adds. “That’s the message of the song…this world is gonna pull through.”
As Rolling Stone points out, “Get What You Give” has special significance for both the Biden and Harris camps. Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, used the song as his walk-on music during the 2020 campaign, while Biden’s late son, Beau, would often listen to it during his battle with cancer.
Parade Across America is one of several Inauguration Day events, along with the Celebrating America special featuring Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend, Demi Lovato and Justin Timberlake, among others.
By Josh Johnson
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