There’s a lot of people who have criticized Jason Aldean for running from the stage instead of using his microphone that day to warn concertgoers. I’m sure he, himself, wonders if he could have done more. Unless we’ve been in that situation, though, we really cannot know how he feels or what we would do.
Aldean and his pregnant wife, Brittany, returned to Las Vegas and it must have been a very emotional experience. You can’t help but wonder if it wasn’t even a little scary for them to go back to where such a horrific event took place.
The tragedy left 58 people dead and over 500 wounded outside the Mandalay Bay resort. Brittany took to Instagram to share an image of them at the site along with the caption:
“Feels surreal being back in Vegas today. Visiting some of the strongest people we have ever met… fighting the toughest battle of them all… for their lives. You have helped us try to begin to start the healing process by seeing the strength each one of you have. Thank you for today. We will never forget. #vegasstrong”
Days after the attack, Brittany opened up about where she was as the gunman opened fire on the crowd during her husband’s performance at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival.
“When the gunfire started, I was not with Jason, but with some friends in a tent close to Mandalay,” she wrote in a huge post on Instagram. “As you can imagine my first instinct was to run to him and his was the same. As we laid behind equipment onstage with some of our road family, bullets flying past… all I could think was ‘I never even got to hold my baby.’ We all made sure the others knew we loved them and then ran for cover where we stayed for the next couple hours. (Not knowing if there were multiple shooters, where the bullets were coming from… NOTHING). We were the lucky ones. I can’t put into words the pain and heartache we feel for the ones who are no longer with us.”
Most of us will never have to be in a position where we wonder if we’ll get to be with our families. It must have been terrifying.
After canceling multiple shows, Aldean appeared on Saturday Night Live over the weekend where he paid tribute to the victims and to the late Tom Petty, who passed away last week, by performing a cover of Petty’s song, “I Won’t Back Down.”