Jason Aldean was on stage performing at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, when a gunman opened fire, killing 58 innocent people and injuring hundreds more, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
In the wake of the shooting Jason released a statement expressing fear, anger, heartache and compassion. “I truly don’t understand why a person would want to take the life of another,” he wrote. He went on to cancel three dates of his They Don’t Know Tour in California out of respect for the victims that lost their lives that tragic night.
The 40-year-old singer then paid tribute to the victims when he appeared on “Saturday Night Live” to perform the late Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” Following his performance he and his wife, Brittany, returned to Las Vegas to visit with the hundreds of victims that were injured in the shooting.
Thursday night, the “Amarillo Sky” singer returned to the stage for his first show since the shooting, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Joining Jason in Tulsa were opening acts Kane Brown and Chris Young, who was also in attendance at the festival in Las Vegas.
Jason took a moment to address the crowd about that fateful night and had a few things to say about it.
“I’m glad that we were able to resume the tour here for you guys. It’s one of those things I don’t think—I hope none of you guys ever experience anything like that. It’s been a really tough thing to deal with for all of us up here. I think the one thing that’s probably going to help us more than anything is play for you guys tonight. So thank you all so much for coming out,” Jason said to the cheering crowd.
“What I want to say is that these people are going to continue to try and hold us down and continue to try and do things to us that are going to make us live in fear and be scared and not go out and do what it is we want to do—whether it’s go to a concert or go to a ball game or go to the mall or go to a movie— and to those people that keep trying to do that I say [email protected]#% you, we don’t really care,” Jason blasted from the stage.
The crowed erupted in uproarious applause and Jason went on with the show.
The They Don’t Know Tour will continue in North Little Rock, Arkansas on Friday, Oct. 13 and Evansville, Indiana on Saturday, Oct. 14.