Jason Aldean was standing on stage when bullets starting flying in Las Vegas this weekend. It’s a miracle the guy is unharmed (and alive).
Aldean scurried off stage with his pregnant wife, and into a police vehicle while other band members hid behind equipment. He’s very, very lucky to be unscathed — and the same goes for his wife and family.
Sadly, Aldean now joins a small group of other high-profile performers who have survived major terrorist attacks while performing. That most recently includes Ariana Grande, and Eagles of Death Metal during the Paris attacks of 2015.
As for the latter, Eagles of Death Metal lead singer Jesse Hughes suffered massive PTSD and subsequently blamed the venue for orchestrating an inside job. It feels like that one night basically ruined the guy’s life.
Now, Aldean is reacting. Predictably, his comments are pretty dark but at least he’s out there engaging. We’re not clear what Aldean is thinking about future performances.
Here’s what he wrote on Instagram last night.
“Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots of emotions. Scared, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others. I truely dont understand why a person would want to take the life of another. Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see. This world is becoming the kind of place i am afraid to raise my children in. At the end of the day we arent Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women. We are all humans and we are all Americans and its time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE! That is the only way we will ever get this Country to be better than it has ever been, but we have a long way to go and we have to start now. My heart aches for the Victims and their families of this Senseless act. I am so sorry for the hurt and pain everyone is feeling right now and there are no words i can say to to take that pain away. Just know u all are in my heart and my prayers as we all go through this together. Time to come together and stop the hate! #stopthehate#prayforlasvegas”
Aldean did not discuss gun policy or gun control.
The country singer is an avid hunter, and owner of a hunting company called Buck Commander. That suggests an ardently pro-gun stance, though Aldean has offered no statements on the matter.
In the moments following the incident, Josh Abbott Band guitarist Caleb Keeter disavowed his earlier pro-gun stance. Keeter was among those performing at the Route 91 festival. “I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life,” Keeter wrote on Twitter.
“Until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was.”