It's been three years since a gunman opened fire during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and wounding more than 850.
Country music singer Jason Aldean was headlining the final night of the three-day country music event on October 1, 2017 when he heard the gunfire begin. The singer immediately rushed off the stage as soon as he could to protect his wife, Brittany Aldean, who was backstage at the time and pregnant. Now, three years later, Aldean is reflecting on the tragic shooting.
"This time of year, it's always something that's kind of in the back of our mind. I mean, you just– you'll never forget it," the singer said in an interview with Access Hollywood.
The "Got What I Got" singer went on to explain how the best way to honor the memories of those who lost their life is to continue to perform. "It's easy to crawl up in a corner and not come out, you know? It's a lot harder to get up and get back out there and do what you do."
Aldean's wife, Brittany, also took a moment to reflect on the life-changing night. "On one hand it seems like an eternity ago, a nightmare you try to forget. On the other hand it’s vividness makes it seem like it was yesterday," she wrote on Instagram. "The sound, the chaos, the overwhelming sadness and heartache... it’s something that never leaves you."
"They call us the 'Route 91 Family' in my opinion because we are forever bonded. An experience that thankfully only certain people know," she added. "We have LOVED meeting so many of you who were effected on this day, years ago. Our hearts still break for the families who lost a loved one💔 We are thinking of each and every one of you today, and everyday... and to the men and women who ran towards the bullets to protect all of us... WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL🖤💙 #vegasstrong #countrystrong"
The festival was an annual multi-day event. The lineup for 2017 also included performances from Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Lee Brice, Jake Owen and more. The Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting has been the country's deadliest mass shooting in modern history.
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