Jason Aldean returned to Las Vegas for a three-night residency at Park Theatre at Park MGM Las Vegas, marking his first time back to the city for a headlining show since the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting.
On October 1, 2017, Aldean was on stage for the event when a gunman opened fire at the festival, killing 59 people and wounding hundreds more. Although Aldean has been back to Las Vegas since Route 91, this past weekend marked his first time returning for an entire show.
On opening night of the residency, Aldean respectfully welcomed the first responders and survivors of the shooting. "We got a lot of people in the crowd who are family to us, so welcome everyone from Route 91," he told the crowd. "We came back to blow it out for you guys tonight. Let's finish what we started, what y'all think!"
One standout moment from the night was when an unnamed fan in a wheelchair, dressed in a Route 91 t-shirt and holding an American flag, was lifted above the crowd to cheer as Aldean played "Any Ol' Barstool." Aldean's wife, Brittany, posted the powerful moment on Instagram, writing, "We're with you, we cry with you and celebrate life with you."
Another poignant moment of the night was when Aldean performed "When She Says baby," the song he was playing when shooting erupted. "Last time we were starting this song here, we got a little interrupted," he said. "So let's finish it."
The concert ended with a cover of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" which he sang on Saturday Night Live just six days after the tragic shooting.
Looking ahead, Aldean will embark on his "We Back Tour" in support of his latest album, 9. The 20-city trek will kick off on January 30 and run through March 14, wrapping up in St. Paul Minnesota. Joining him on the journey will be special guests Morgan Wallen, Riley Green and Dee Jay Silver. Tickets to the tour are available now.
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