Luke Bryan, Farm Tour Crowd Salute Route 91 Shooting Victims [WATCH]
During his Saturday night (Oct. 7) Farm Tour stop in Centralia, Mo., Luke Bryan stopped his show to offer a moment of silence for the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting. Readers can press play above to watch the singer and his fans pay their respects.
Bryan asked the crowd to help him "remember those beautiful, those innocent, wonderful country music fans" and their families; more than 50 people were killed and more than 500 people were injured during the shooting, which occurred on Oct. 1. Bryan also saluted the first responders who came to the scene of the tragedy and helped as the injured arrived at local hospitals, as well as the artists -- including "one of my best friends, Mr. Jason Aldean" -- who played the festival or were there when the shooting took place.
"It's not a country music situation -- it's not a country music fan situation. It's a music fan situation, because we were all robbed of our innocence Sunday night," Bryan tells the crowd. "I love you guys for being brave and showing up tonight and understanding the best thing we can do is show up tonight and do what we know how to do: have fun -- have fun as Americans and celebrate all the music and celebrate country music tonight."
Country Stars Respond Following Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting
Following the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, Bryan and his crew worked with law enforcement in the locations of his three remaining Farm Tour stops to ensure fans' safety when they attended the shows. During his speech on Saturday night, Bryan also thanked those officers and employees for their dedication to ramping up security and keeping everyone safe.
“Country music has always been about community,” Bryan’s said in a statement, “and we will continue to stand together.”
During a recent TV appearance, Bryan recalled feeling “nauseated” when speaking with Aldean a few hours after the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting. The two are good friends, and Aldean was onstage when the shooting began.
“As entertainers, you look at your fans — you’re not up there to do anything but connect with them,” Bryan says. “I lay in bed, and when they show the faces of the victims — they’re our fans, they embody America. It’s [a] country music festival, but it’s America, and it’s bigger than just — it’s just bigger than — it goes so far beyond …”
Remembering the Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting Victims