"So when it first happened, I thought a speaker had blown, is what I thought". "It just sounded like a crackling something and so, I'm kind of looking around like, 'What is that?'" "And fix it.' And so, when I turned to look, my guitar player had run behind me and was telling me to move, like, 'Let's go.' And my security guy was running on stage telling me to run". "Then it stopped, so I was like, 'They must have got it fixed, ' and so I kept doing my thing". "I was actually kind of getting aggravated, so I looked over at the monitor guy on the side of the stage, and I was like, 'What is that?" Everybody was scrambling; you just didn't know what was going on... It was just panic, is probably the best way I could describe it.
"Everybody just kind of panicked, and didn't really know where to go, or what to do", he said. "Some of this stuff you never get over", he said. "It was just kind of insane". The country singer didn't take time to process the situation, though, until later on.
Aldean said he hopes the unity being shown among country musicians will inspire others to do the same to help the nation recover from the rash of recent tragedies.
Country music star Jason Aldean was on stage, hearing a mix of music and the stage crew talking in his ear monitors, when a noise erupted.
No one on stage was hurt, but the gunman would kill 58 people and wound hundreds more over several minutes from his perch in a nearby hotel. "I feel like at the end of the day there's so much focus on politics and race".
Jason Aldean says Americans are spending too much time "arguing with each other" in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.
A week after the shooting, Aldean appeared on "Saturday Night Live" to perform Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" - Petty had died that week - and released a recording of the song to benefit the Direct Impact Fund, which supports victims of the shooting. "I just hope everybody can start to heal".