In a new interview with Today, Jason Aldean speaks on camera for the first time about his experience being onstage during the attack on the Route 91 Harvest Festival and dealing with the aftermath. The show spoke with him and Lady Antebellum at the Country Rising benefit concert held in Nashville on Sunday (Nov. 12).
Aldean and his band wear in-ear monitors, which cut off outside most outside noises and give the wearer a different sound perspective than audience members. When Aldean first heard the gunshots, he thought the noises were part of a sound system glitch. “I thought a speaker had blown,” he said. “It just sounded like a crackling something.”
He also said he is still struggling with the impact of what happened, and hopes the nation can heal and move forward together.
“I feel like at the end of the day there’s so much focus on you know, politics, and race, and all these other things,” said Aldean. “At the end of the day, we’re all in this together. We spend so much time arguing with each other, and not enough time like working on the issue. That’s really the problem.”
“Some of this stuff you never get over,” Aldean said. “But I hope it gets better for everybody as time goes on.”