Jason Aldean has opened up for the first time about last month’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.
The country singer was on stage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, killing 58 people.
“We wear in-ear monitors when we’re on stage. And really all you can hear is the music and, you know, maybe your guys that can talk to you on microphones that are on side-stage or whatever,” he said in a “Today” preview.
“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, ‘What is that?’ (and) trying to figure out what it is. And then it stopped, so I was like, they must have got it fixed, so I kept doing my thing.”
Jason Aldean didn’t realize the Las Vegas shooting was happening at first.
The second time, the noise lasted longer.
“I was actually getting kind of aggravated, so I looked over at the monitor guy on the side of the stage, and I was like, ‘What is that? And fix it,’” Aldean said.
“And when I turned and looked, my guitar player had run behind me and was telling me to move, like, ‘Let’s go.’ And my security guy was running on stage, telling me to run.”
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Aldean canceled several shows after the shooting, then resumed his They Don’t Know Tour in Tulsa on Oct. 12.
He has stayed relatively quiet to the media since the massacre, but made a surprise appearance on “Saturday Night Live” with a cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” after the singer’s death.