Exactly one year ago today, tragedy struck Las Vegas and country music. A gunman opened fire on the Route 91: Harvest Festival killing 58 and injury nearly 900.
Jason Aldean was on the stage performing at the time and the events of that night affected him for awhile after, and will almost certainly stick with him the rest of his life. Aldean was recently back in Vegas for the iHeart Radio Music Festival where he joined Bobby Bones in thanking first responders, EMS, and police officers for their brave actions that night.
Eric Church played the festival two nights earlier. He takes tremendous pride in his fans and country music fans in general. He talked about it in his Rolling Stone interview a few months ago, but it was only a few short days after the tragedy that he took the Grand Ole Opry stage and performed a song honoring those that were at the festival.
Maren Morris teamed up with Vince Gill on a powerful song called “Dear Hate.” It was written in direct response to the Vegas tragedy but has a larger message of importance.
Today you’re guaranteed to see tributes from those in country music. The tragedy really hit home from them as they realized it could have been them performing on stage that night. Those that died and were injured were also their fans.
We often talk about how country music is one big family and the connection artists make with their fans. You saw it first hand with this tragedy.
Today, we remember those that were lost that night and send prayers to their families.