The past week saw one of the most horrific tragedies in American history. The massacre during a Las Vegas country concert on Monday night left at least 59 people dead and over 500 injured.
Jason Aldean was the last scheduled performer of the series and was on stage when shot began firing from a room at a high rise hotel above the venue. A week of shock, mourning, debate, and remembrance followed the events of that day.
On Saturday, Jason Aldean took the stage again, this time on the set of Saturday Night Live during a cold open of the show. He paid tribute to the hundreds of victims of the shooting and tried to bring Americans peace for a moment.
“Like everyone, I’m struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal,” Aldean said to the audience.
“We hurt for you and we hurt with you, but you can be sure we’re going walk through these tough times together every step of the way,” he added later on.
Aldean then began singing “I Won’t Back Down”, a song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The song has a clear message of perseverance that Americans can cling to in a time like this.
But the choice of that particular song was even more was even more powerful given that Tom Petty died of cardiac arrest Monday night at the age of 66.
After giving tribute to two of the major events of the past week, Aldean wrapped up by looking at the camera and saying the iconic words: “Live from New York… It’s Saturday night!”
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