Jason Aldean Tributes His ‘Route 91 Family’ On Anniversary of Las Vegas Shooting

Two years have passed since a gunman opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 1, 2019


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Jason Aldean; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Two years have passed since a gunman opened fire on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds of others. Though time has gone by, the tragic memories from that day still linger, especially with those who witnessed the horrific scene.

Jason Aldean, who was on stage performing when the gunman opened fire from a window at the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel, says the tragedy remains on his mind daily. The singer took to social media Tuesday (Oct.1) to share a message to those who also experienced the Route 91 tragedy.

“This will always be a tough day for us,” Aldean wrote. “Not a day goes by that we don’t think about our @route91harvest family.”


His wife, Brittany, who was pregnant with their first child at the time of the shooting, also took to social media to share her thoughts on the second anniversary of the shooting, writing, “This day will always be a tragic memory. Always in our thoughts and prayers #route91family.”

In the days after the shooting, Jason and Brittany returned to Las Vegas to visit a number of victims at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. He also paid tribute to them by performing “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on Saturday Night Live just days after the shooting.

The Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting is the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.