Jason Aldean Recounts Onstage Confusion During Route 91 Shooting on 'Today'

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

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.

Aldean and his band wear in-ear monitors, which cut off outside most outside noises and give the wearer a different sound perspective than audience members.

"So when it first happened, I thought a speaker had blown". "I was like, 'They must have got it fixed, ' so I kept doing my thing", he said.

But once the disturbing crackling sound kicked in again, the 40-year-old singer got frustrated that the sound continued to interrupt his music.

Aldean and his crew managed to escape unharmed, and he cancelled three tour dates in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy so he could spend some time with his loved ones and try and collect his thoughts.

"When I turned to look my guitar player had run behind me and was telling me to move and my security guy was running on stage telling me to run..."

Hectic scrambling then led to what Aldean described as panic and pandemonium.

"I feel like at the end of the day there's so much focus on, you know, politics and race, and all these other things that you know, at the end of the day, like, we're all in this together", the Nashville artist said. "Some of that stuff you can never get over but I hope it gets better for everybody as time goes on".

"Panic was probably the best way I could describe it", he said. And so, I'm kind of looking around like, 'What is that?' [and] trying to figure out what it is. "It was just kind of insane, pandemonium". The country singer didn't take time to process the situation, though, until later on.

After the attack, Aldean flew home to see his daughters then traveled to New York City to honor the victims on Saturday Night Live and then flew back to Las Vegas to play for victims still in the hospital.

Reflecting back on what is now the deadliest mass shooting in USA history, Jason, 40, told the Today show that "it was just panic".

Aldean was joined in the interview by fellow country stars Dierks Bentley and Lady Antbellum, who were all gathered in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday to raise money for hurricane and Las Vegas victims.

"Honestly, being back onstage probably helped us more than anything", Aldean says.

Aldean also opened up about what he witnessed the night of the shooting. [But] we're all in this together. "That's really the problem".

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