It’s been a week since country singer Jason Aldean was performing at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip. Aldean was the Sunday night headliner on a bill that also featured Luke Combs and Jake Owen.
Aldean’s set was interrupted when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on the concert’s crowd from a window at the Mandalay Bay hotel, killing 58 and wounding almost 500.
On Saturday, Aldean returned to the spotlight in a major way. He opened “Saturday Night Live” by speaking out against the violence and performing “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty, who died from cardiac arrest on Oct. 2.
“This week we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history. Like everyone I’m struggling to understand what happened that night, and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal,” Aldean said before his performance. “So many people are hurting and they’re our children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends. They’re all part of our family.
Aldean’s tour continues to roll with a stop Thursday in Tulsa. He will hit the Gulf Coast on Thursday, Oct. 26, with a show at Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square in New Orleans. Tickets start at $41 and are available at Ticketmaster.com.