Jason Aldean ‘Won’t Back Down,’ Takes ‘SNL’ Stage One Week After Shooting

Jason Aldean appeared on “Saturday Night Live” last night, marking his first performance since last weekend’s mass shooting that took place while he was onstage performing.

Aldean appeared solemn as he opened the showsaying, “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.”

Aldean went on to express his empathy for the victims and added, “When America is at its best, our bond and our spirit is unbreakable.”

The country star concluded his inspiring appearance with a fitting tribute to Tom Petty and covered “Won’t Back Down.”