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‘Feels surreal being back in Vegas.’
Less than 48 hours after opening Saturday Night Live with a poignant cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” country singer Jason Aldean and his wife returned to Las Vegas, the scene of the shooting that killed 58 people and injured more than 500 while he was playing a concert at a country music festival.
As Brittany Aldean wrote on Instagram, their return trip to Las Vegas felt “surreal” as they looked at the Mandalay Bay hotel, where Stephen Paddock fired from the 32nd floor.
A few days earlier, Brittany Aldean, who’s nearly eight months pregnant, described her experience when the shooting began as her husband played on stage.
On Saturday night, Jason Aldean opened SNL by saying, “So many people are hurting. There are children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends. They’re all part of our family. I want to say to them, ‘We hurt for you. And we hurt with you.’ But you can be sure that we’re going to walk through these tough times together every step of the way. Because when America is at its best, our bond and our spirit, it’s unbreakable.”
As the New York Post noted, Jason Aldean visited survivors at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
Our extreme gratitude to Country Music Star Jason Aldean for visiting UMC today. Jason spent time with our patients who…
— M Escovedo (@DeskEight) October 8, 2017
On Sunday night, the Las Vegas strip went dark for 11 minutes to pay homage to those who were killed.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.