Jason Aldean had a lot to say when he returned to the stage for the first time since the Las Vegas shooting. After taking a weekend off to recoup after the tragic event, Aldean returned to the stage on Oct. 12, in Tulsa, OK.
Aldean started out the set by performing three songs before addressing the Vegas tragedy. “I want this not to be something that’s going to be a downer for the rest of the night,” he said as part of his message before offering his thoughts on the aftermath of the shooting. “This country can be divided – that’s unfortunate to see. It’s been cool to see all the love and support that’s been going on for the last 10 days. If we could do that on a daily basis, the world would be a better place.”
Naturally, those who attended the concert loved Aldean’s speech and cheered him on the entire time. You can take a look at the whole clip of his thoughts below.
Aldean last performed on Oct. 1 at the Route 91 Harvest Outdoor Music Festival in Las Vegas. While he was performing, a shooter took aim at Aldean and concert goers from inside the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino. Fifty-eight people died that day. Five hundred people were injured. A few minutes after the shooting began, officers found the shooter dead in his hotel room.
Since the shooting, Aldean and other country music stars have been very vocal about the event. Many, including Aldean, have released tributes to the victims of the shooting and also have donated funds for the recovery of the injured. Aldean used Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” as part of his efforts. He performed the tune on Saturday Night Live, on Oct. 7. The performance followed a quick speech. Aldean later released the cover as a tribute.