Over the weekend, country superstar Jason Aldean performed in Las Vegas, marking his first gig in the city since the tragic mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in 2017.
The concert took place on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 8 at the Park Theater.
“Tonight’s a really special night for us,” Aldean told the crowd. “We got a lot of people in the crowd who are family to us, so welcome everyone from Route 91. We’re glad to see you guys out. It’s good to be back here in Las Vegas. It’s our first show back and make no mistake about it tonight, we came back to blow it out for you guys tonight. Let’s finish what we started, what y’all think!”
In 2017, the Route 91 Harvest Festival ended in chaos when a gunman began to open fire on the crowd from his 32nd floor hotel suite at an adjacent hotel. Just last month, the 59th person died from injuries relating to the incident. The tragedy remains the deadliest mass shooting in the country’s history.
During the festival, Aldean was on stage when the shooting began, so he never had the chance to finish his set. While the shows this past weekend weren’t necessarily set to revolve around the tragedy, the crowd was reportedly filled with victims and Harvest Fest attendees — one fan in a wheelchair wearing a Route 91 T-shirt was lifted through the crowd during “Any Ol’ Barstool,” the song that was interrupted by gunfire.
Aldean recently dropped the single “We Back,” which could be a nod to his return after the shooting, off of his latest record, 9. The “We Back Tour” with Morgan Wallen and Riley Green kicks-off next year on January 22 in Riviera Cancun, Mexico, followed by gigs across the U.S. in cities like Jacksonville, Wichita, Biloxi, Madison, and Charlottesville before wrapping-up in Saint Paul mid-March.