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Jason Aldean Calls Route 91 Survivors 'Family' In First Headlining Las Vegas Concert In Over Two Years

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By Jeff Mazzeo

Jason Aldean kicked off his first major concert in Las Vegas since the tragic shooting at the Route 91 music festival in 2017. The country singer started his three-show residency, titled Ride All Night Vegas, at the Park MGM and addressed the survivors before bringing down the house.

“Tonight’s a really special night for us. We got a lot of people in the crowd who are family to us, so welcome everyone from Route 91. We’re glad to see you guys out,” Aldean lovingly told the crowd.

“It’s good to be back here in Las Vegas. It’s our first show back and make no mistake about it tonight, we came back to blow it out for you guys tonight…Let’s finish what we started, what y’all think?”

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Finishing The Song That He Played In 2017

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When the night grew long and Aldean was nearing the end of his show he paid homage to the Vegas Strong Spirt. The singer defiantly played “Before She Says Baby,” the song that was interrupted when a gunman opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in October 2017.

“Last time we were starting this song here, we got a little interrupted, so let’s finish it,” he exclaimed.

Jason's last song was a cover version of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down." The song has special meaning to Aldean and the survivors and he performed it on "Saturday Night Live" one week after the deadly shooting.

Jason's Message: 'We Are All Humans'

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Aldean was on stage when the shooting broke out. Disturbing images and heroic tales of strangers helping out one another begin circulating as the news spread. Jason issued a statement and said he felt for the victims and their families.

"Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots of emotions. Scared, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others," Aldean wrote on Instagram.

"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!"

"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!"

A week later, Aldean delivered a strong message on the "SNL" stage, "I'm Jason Aldean. This week we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history. Like everyone I am struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start of heal. When America is at its best, our bond and our spirit is unbreakable."

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