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Jason Aldean Opens Up About Being Healed From Returned To Perform In Las Vegas

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By Clark Sparky

Jason Aldean returned to Las Vegas to headline a concert for the first time since the 2017 massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in which 58 people were killed while Aldean was performing on stage.

He talked to Ty Bentli on his radio show about the emotional experience of coming back to perform in the city where the tragedy happened.

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“We’ve had these [dates] earmarked on the calendar for a long time,” Aldean said. “It had been a couple of years, obliviously, since we’ve been out here to play a show. This just kind of seemed like the right time to come back and do a couple shows. It was a little bit smaller venue, so it was a little more intimate for fans. We knew there was gonna be a lot of people here from Route 91—and there was."

"It was a really cool few days, and I think it was something that was kind of a healing process for a lot of people, something that kinda closed the book for a lot of people, I think," he continued. "It was really cool to come out here and experience it for the last few days.”

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After on of the three performances Aldean and his band put on last week, he shared a video on Instagram of a man in a wheelchair being lifted up by the crowd while he sang "Any Ol' Barstool."

"This might have been the coolest thing I have ever seen. Thank you Las Vegas and our Route 91 family for showing us the love this weekend. Let’s do it 1 more time tonite!" he wrote.

“It’s pretty wild when you see the video,” Aldean told Bentli. “The thing that a lot of people don’t realize is the song that I was playing [when the shooting began] was ‘Any Ol’ Barstool’ . . . so that was the song we were playing. All of the sudden, this guy’s in a wheelchair, and the crowd just kind of lifts him up.

"You have to see the video. I’ve played what seems like a million shows over the years, and that’ll be one of those things that I never forget was that moment, that night.”

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