Jason Aldean attends the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and is a tribute to the first respondents and those lost during the Vegas shoot in October last year.
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Jason Aldean is a tribute to the victims and first responders of the deadly Route 91 Harvest Festival shoot.
During the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas Friday, the country star, along with radio personality Bobby Bones, introduced a video in honor of everyone affected by the 2017 Las Vegas bloodbath, as well as the persons who helped in the aftermath.
“Tonight, we salute the city of Las Vegas,” Bones said he and Aldean were assisted on the stage by the police, fire department and emergency medical technicians.
“These men and women here on stage with me tonight represent just a few of the brave emergency services responded selflessly on 1 October,” he continued.
“They represent the spirit. They represent the power. They represent the resilience of the whole city, and they represent the unbreakable resolve of this great country in which we live.”
Echoed Aldean: “in the name of myself, my family and my family in the country music community, I want to say thank you to the city of Las Vegas for your courage, strength and kindness. Tonight, we are all proud to be Vegas Strong.”
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Backstage, Aldean, 41, told reporters that the Oct. 1st is “a day that will be hard to forget.”
“For us it is a daily thing,” Aldean, who was executed at the Route 91 Harvest festival this past October, when the gunfire erupted, it said.
“Every night in our meet & greets, we’re meeting fans who were here in that show. I don’t think that we played a show that we haven’t had some of the survivors come to this show.”
With the 1-year anniversary of less than two weeks away, Aldean noted that for him is his connection with his fans on “a daily basis not because the anniversary is coming up.”
“Each year, October 1 rolls around that it’s going to be something that we remember and that stays with us from now on… It is a day that will be hard to forget.”
The singer went on to say that “the weather in Vegas this close to the anniversary of the, it is sometimes a little weird,” however, “in another sense, it is nice to be back.”
“This is really our first gig we’ve had since then,” says Aldean. “Tonight is another step in the get through of all things, and coming back here, I think, is going to be a big part of it.”