Monday, 23 July, 2018

Jason Aldean resumes tour after mass shooting in Las Vegas

Jason Aldean Getty Images | Rick Diamond
Melissa Porter | 13 October, 2017, 21:03

Over the almost two weeks since the deadliest shooting in modern US history, Jason has paid tribute to the 58 people who lost their lives by opening Saturday Night Live with the late Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down", and returned to Vegas to visit with some of the almost 500 who were injured.

Country singer Jason Aldean will resume his "They Don't Know" tour in Tulsa after the Las Vegas massacre.

Aldean was on stage at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival when a gunman opened fire, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more. "To those people who keep trying to do that, I say f*** you, we don't really care".

Aldean has repeatedly voiced dismay at the carnage but steered clear of discussion on gun control and other political issues since the shooting, which was the deadliest in modern USA history. After beginning his set, Aldean paused to talk to the audience saying: "The one thing that's going to help more than anything is playing for you guys tonight". "You guys are going to help us get through this as much as we are going to help you guys".

He went on to address some of the beauty that has come from the ugliest night of his career. "It has been cool to see the love and support... if we could do that on a daily basis, the world would be a lot better place". He was performing at the time of the shooting that killed 58 people and injured over 500.

"These people are going to continue to try to hold us down", Aldean said, voicing hope that Americans will still go about their lives including going to concerts.

"I want this to not be something that's gonna be a downer for the rest of the night", Aldean stated.

Three songs into his Thursday performance in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aldean said he wanted fans to enjoy the show concertgoers at the Route 91 festival didn't get to see because of the shooting. And then again, he thanked the crowd for their support, and for helping him take the next step.