Jason Aldean Recounts His On-Stage Experience During the Las Vegas Shooting for the First Time


Jason Aldean has returned to the stage, Las Vegas and social media since being on stage during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in October. Aldean was in the middle of “When She Says Baby,” as a gunmen opened fire on the crowd, killing 58. But, the country music superstar hasn’t given any interviews since the tragedy and other than an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” and CMT’s Artists of the Year awards, he’s stayed out of the spotlight.

One Country was at Aldean’s first show back 10 days after the shooting where he told the crowd, “I want to play the show for you guys the people in Las Vegas came to see and didn’t get a chance to. So, I guess what I’m saying is let’s turn this shit up and let’s get it going!”

Aldean recently sat down with “Today” to discuss the tragic events of that event and recount what happened from his perspective.

First, Aldean shared what it sounded like while he was actually singing. Like many people backstage he thought it was a sound issue, “We wear in-ear monitors when we’re on stage. And really all you can hear is the music and maybe your guys that can talk to you on microphones that are on side-stage.”

“So when it first happened, I thought a speaker had blown. It just sounded like a crackling something. And so, I’m kind of looking around like, ‘What is that?’ [and] trying to figure out what it is. Then it stopped, so I was like, ‘They must have got it fixed,’ so I kept doing my thing.”

Not long after, the noise kicked in again. “It lasted longer the second time. 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? And fix it.’ So when I turned and looked, 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.”

Aldean was also joined by friends Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley to discuss what it’s been like to be back on stage. Aldean shared that yes, “being back on stage has helped us more than anything.”

Whille Hillary Scott shared, “we’re in that situation on a weekly basis, so you visualize yourself in that set of circumstances, but at the end of the day, we’re not going to live in that fear.