Jason Aldean‘s first TV interview since the Vegas shooting is here.
We previously reported the country singer would be sitting down with Today to open up about the horrifying events as he was performing during the Route 91 Harvest Festival, and on Tuesday, it finally aired.
With the 40-year-old speaking out about the trauma in the weeks following the massacre:
“I just want everybody to know for me, this is something that obviously we’re all going to try to move on and I have to do that as well, but it’s something I’ll never forget. I hope everybody can start to heal. Some of the stuff you’ll never get over. I hope it gets better for everybody as time goes on.”
Recalling the moment the gunman opened fire, killing 58 and injuring hundreds, Jason shared:
“We wear in-ear monitors when we’re on stage. And really all you can hear is the music and maybe your guys that can talk to you on microphones that are on the side-stage. So when it first happened, I thought a speaker had blown. It just sounded like a crackling something. And so, I’m kind of looking around like, ├óΓé¼╦£What is that?’ [and] trying to figure out what it is. Then it stopped, so I was like, ├óΓé¼╦£They must have got it fixed,’ so I kept doing my thing.”
“It lasted longer the second time. I was actually kind of getting aggravated, so I looked over at the monitor guy on the side of the stage, and I was like, ├óΓé¼╦£What is that? And fix it.’ So when I turned and looked, my guitar player had run behind me and was telling me to move, like, ├óΓé¼╦£Let’s go,’ and my security guy was running on stage, telling me to run.”
Describing the scene, the expecting poppa said of the “pandemonium”:
“It was so hectic. Everybody was scrambling; you just didn’t know what was going on… I think everybody just kind of panicked and didn’t know where to go and what to do… It was just kind of crazy.”
The Lights Come On crooner added he didn’t really process the tragic events before resuming his tour:
“Honestly, being back on stage probably helped more than anything. We didn’t have a lot of time to process it.”
“I feel like at the end of the day there’s so much focus on politics and race. [But] we’re all in this together. We spend so much time arguing together and not enough time working on the issues. That’s really the problem.”
We can’t imagine what he’s been through, but we’re glad he’s not letting it keep him from continuing to do what he loves.
Watch his interview in full (below):
[Image via Judy Eddy/WENN.]