While other artists declined to perform for Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration, Mississippi band 3 Doors Down is among headliners for “The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” on Thursday in Washington.
The band received a large amount of online criticism after the announcement was made last week, but they remain undeterred. On Saturday, guitarist Chris Henderson said he was moving on from a day and a half of “troll-baiting on Twitter.”
The band’s tribute to founding guitarist Matt Roberts, posted two days before the inauguration announcement, was inundated with online comments upset that the band agreed to perform for Trump. Roberts died in August of a prescription drug overdose.
On Thursday at the Lincoln Memorial from 3 to 5 p.m., 3 Doors Down will be among artists performing on a national broadcast. Toby Keith, Jennifer Holliday, The Piano Guys, Lee Greenwood, RaviDrums and The Frontmen of Country are also scheduled to perform.
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3 Doors Down rose to fame out of Escatawpa, thanks to the 1999 hit “Kryptonite.” They have gone on to sell more albums than any other band in Mississippi history.
The band released “US and the Night” in 2016, their first album in five years.