Country star Jason Aldean called for unity while opening “Saturday Night Live” with a tribute to the 59 people killed at his Las Vegas show.
The singer made his first public appearance on the Studio 8H stage since escaping the worst mass shooting in U.S. modern history at his Route 91 Harvest festival performance unharmed.
Hundreds of revelers were shot as a high-rise sniper unleashed hell on Aldean’s concert Sunday night.
“Like everyone, I’m struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal,” Aldean said, nearly a week since the massacre.
“So many people are hurting. There are children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends. They’re all part of our family,” he added. “So I want to say to them: We hurt for you and we hurt with you.”
The 40-year-old musician then performed Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down,” honoring of the late rocker who died earlier this week.