Jason Aldean speaks out in first interview since Las Vegas shooting

Jason Aldean Initially Thought the Las Vegas Shooting Was a Blown Speaker

Jason Aldean Initially Thought the Las Vegas Shooting Was a Blown Speaker

"It just sounded like a crackling something and so, I'm kind of looking around like, 'What is that?'" But then it stopped. "And so I kept doing my thing, and then it happened again and it lasted longer the second time". "So then I was actually kind of getting aggravated, so I looked over at my monitor guy that's on the side of the stage as if to say, 'What is that?' And, 'fix it.' And when I turned to look my guitar player had run behind me and was telling me to move, to 'let's go, ' and my security guy was running on stage telling me to run".

In his first televised interview since the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on October 1, country star Jason Aldean recounted his experience performing onstage as gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on the festival's crowd of 22,000 - killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.

"It was so hectic". Everybody was scrambling; you just didn't know what was going on... But it's something I'll never forget. You know? And obviously nobody else out there had either. So it was just kind of insane.

Aldean and everyone with him managed to escape the stage unharmed, but gunman Steven Paddock continued to spray the concert venue with bullets from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500 others before taking his own life.

The remarks echoed an Instagram post he penned immediately after the October shooting, writing that "This world is becoming the kind of place I am afraid to raise my children in", and Americans should "stand together as ONE!"

"I feel like at the end of the day there's so much focus on politics and race", Aldean said.

But Aldean has found solace in his main motivation - music. "I just hope everybody can start to heal". "Some of this stuff you never get over". So I was like, alright well they must have got it fixed.

The 40-year-old country star gave an emotional interview to Today on Tuesday, where he opened up for the first time on television about the trauma he's still living with over a month after the shooting. He has raised money for survivors and made an appearance on "Saturday Night Live", where he performed Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" in tribute.

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