Country Stars React To Vegas Shooting
Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Alison Krauss and Nashville star Charles Esten performed at a vigil on Monday, October 2nd in Nashville in remembrance of the Las Vegas shooting victims.
The public event featured a speech by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry along with Gill performing “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” Krauss singing “Amazing Grace,” and Urban offered up a rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
Urban told the hundreds gathered at Ascend Amphitheater about the victims, “They’re like family. That’s the one thing about Country music that’s always been at the center of it. It’s about community.”
Jason Aldean was performing on the main stage when the shooting started.
Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots of emotions. Scared, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others. I truely dont understand why a person would want to take the life of another. Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see. This world is becoming the kind of place i am afraid to raise my children in. At the end of the day we arent Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women. We are all humans and we are all Americans and its time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE! That is the only way we will ever get this Country to be better than it has ever been, but we have a long way to go and we have to start now. My heart aches for the Victims and their families of this Senseless act. I am so sorry for the hurt and pain everyone is feeling right now and there are no words i can say to to take that pain away. Just know u all are in my heart and my prayers as we all go through this together. Time to come together and stop the hate! #stopthehate #prayforlasvegas
Luke Combs performed at the festival that night and describes what they went through.
— Janelle Rodriguez (@janelleNBC) October 2, 2017
Maren Morris performed at the festival earlier in the weekend. She released a song called “Dear Hate” that she wrote 3 years ago, and recorded last year with Vince Gill.
I wrote this song 3 years ago, recorded it last year with Vince Gill, and always have fans asking when I'll put it out. I never knew when would be the right time, but I realized today that there's never a right time. Hate is everywhere, and I'm sick of not doing enough. In the darkest tunnel, there is still love & music. That's what it's here for. Here is Dear Hate. Any cent I see from this I'm donating to the Music City Cares Fund. Link for everything in bio. #LovesGonnaConquerAll
More than 50 people were killed and 500-plus injured during the October 1st mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. The tragedy is officially the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. The shooter, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, died of a reportedly self-inflicted gunshot wound.