Jason Aldean Prepares For Emotional Return To Las Vegas After Route 91
By Blake Taylor
December 4, 2019
Jason Aldean's upcoming three-night residency at Park Theatre at Park MGM Las Vegas will his first time returning to the city for a full headlining show since the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting.
On October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire at the festival, killing 59 people and wounding hundreds more. To this day, the tragedy remains the deadliest non-war shooting in U.S. history. Although Aldean's been back to Las Vegas since Route 91, this will be his first time returning for an entire show. Recently, the singer opened up about his mixed emotions he has heading into the event.
"It's a smaller, intimate venue- I think it holds about 5,000 or something," Aldean told Music Row. "I think we are probably going to have people coming out to those shows who haven't been to a concert since Route 91. So to have them come, in to a little bit more of an intimate deal and hopefully feel safe and be able to enjoy the show, it's going to be a sure emotional thing for a lot of those people and probably us as well."
He continues, "It's one of those things, anytime we ever go to Vegas, no matter what it's for, that'll be something that is always with us, you know? To go back for the first time and play some shows there, I think it will be good for us. I think it would be good for the fans coming to watch and hopefully be a good experience."
Aldean performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in 2018 and feels like now is the right time to bring his music back full force to the city.
"It's one of those things that we always wanted to make sure we waited until the right time to do that," Aldean said. "There was a time where it would have been too soon and also we wanted to make sure if we went back that we did it the right way. The response has been good, which tells me people are excited that we're coming there and excited to come see us. So it makes us feel good, and we're excited for it."
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