Jason Aldean Shares Las Vegas Shooting Experience for First Time on Camera

Elias Hubbard
November 15, 2017

Country music star Jason Aldean saw "pandemonium" unfold around him as a gunman shot hundreds of people watching his concert at a music festival in Las Vegas last month, the singer said in his first on-camera interview since the massacre.

Aldean was performing at a country music festival on October 1 when police say gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from his hotel room, killing almost 60 people and injuring 500.

Aldean revealed that at first, he thought it was merely a blown speaker that was causing the noise he was hearing, and he spent the first moments of the shooting communicating with the sound engineer to get the problem fixed. The country star made an emotional return to the stage after canceling tour dates following the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history in Las Vegas. And so I'm kinda looking around like, 'What is that?' Trying to figure out what it is.

"We wear in-ear monitors when we're onstage. Then I was actually getting aggravated, so I looked over at my monitor guy that's on the side of the stage as if to say, 'What is that and fix it.' And when I turned to look, my guitar player had run behind me and was telling me to move", Aldean chronicled, adding his security guard came to quickly escort him away from the madness.

Aldean was originally criticized for leaving Las Vegas and performing on SNL the following Saturday, but he returned to the city the following week to perform for his fans. The show spoke with him and Lady Antebellum at the Country Rising benefit concert held in Nashville on Sunday (Nov. 12).

Six weeks after the tragedy in Las Vegas, Aldean sat down with Today to chronicle out the nightmarish memories he goes over in his mind while receiving interview support from Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley. Aldean reiterated his resolve to use the event to promote unity. "We spend so much time arguing with each other, and not enough time like working on the issue that's really the problem".

In the end, he's hoping the experience will bring Americans together.

That night in Las Vegas will always be part of Aldean's career and life story.

"I feel like at the end of the day there's so much focus on politics and race", Aldean said. "But it's something I'll never forget", Aldean said.

"I just hope that everybody can start to heal", he said. I've never been in that situation before, and obviously nobody else out there had either. It was just panic, is probably the best way I could describe it.

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