After making his first ever appearance on “Saturday Night Live” under the toughest of circumstances, Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany returned to Las Vegas to visit victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting.
Aldean was on stage when a gunman took fire on the crowd of 22,000 watching him close out the 3-day event. The shooting claimed the lives of 58 people and injured more than 500. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Aldean turned down a chance to participate in an UFC ceremony at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to honor the victims, instead appearing on “Saturday Night Live,” with a heartfelt message for fans and the country, “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. So many people are hurting: they’re our children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends — they’re all part of our family. So I wanna say to them: We hurt for you and we hurt with you, but you can be sure we’re gonna walk through these tough times together every step of the way. Because when America is at its best, our bond and our spirit is unbreakable.”
Aldean canceled three concerts following the tragedy.
On Instagram, Brittany shared, “Feels surreal being back in Vegas today. Visiting some of the strongest people we have ever met… fighting the toughest battle of them all… for their lives. You have helped us try to begin the healing process by seeing the strength each one of you have. Thank you for today. We will never forget.”
Last week, following the shooting, Brittany shared on Instagram that she feared she would never get to hold her son, Memphis, who is due in December, saying “with bullets flying past, all I could think was ‘I never even got to hold my baby.'”
Brittany almost always travels with Jason while he’s on the road and was with friends backstage when the shooting started.
University Medical Center shared, “Our extreme gratitude to Country Music Star Jason Aldean for visiting UMC today. Jason spent time with our patients who were critically injured during the Las Vegas shooting. His visit helped heal hearts and cheer those who were wounded in this tragedy.”
A few fans shared photos of Jason’s visit saying, “Thank you for showing us the light at the end of this very dark tunnel. It’s time to put this all behind us and get back to doing what we do best… singing at the top of our lungs and dancing the night away.”
Another fan shared, “A week ago we saw you standing on stage, today you stand here in front of us, supporting us, and helping us move forward. First glimpse of happiness a lot of people felt today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”