Saturday night live began uniquely this week as with Jason Aldean, whose Las Vegas concert was the venue of the mass shooting on Sunday that claimed over 50 lives and injured over 500 more.
Jason opened with a beautiful capture of Tom Petty’s hit song “I Won’t Back Down” as a sign of reverence to the survivors and victims of the mass shooting. Jason, dressed in a black shirt and cowboy heart sang his heart out to the joy of the emotional audience, most of them who were drenched in tears. The nation is still shocked from this pure act of violence, and it’s obvious from the change of style of the usual “fun” feel of Saturday Night Live. It hasn't been a week since Stephen Paddock; a 64-year-old man opened fire on the crowd of country music fans at the Route 91 country music festival. This tragedy has put everyone in a somber, reflective mood and for that reason, the show dropped its usual politics based opening jokes and indulged in remembrance of the victims and survivors of the shooting.
The country singer who was performing when the crazed shooter opened fire on thousands of country music fans, before his performance on SNL said “ I’m Jason Aldean, this week, we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American History. Like, everyone, I’m trying to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal. So many people are hurting. There are children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends- they’re all part of our family. So I want to say to them: we hurt for you, and we hurt with you. But you can be sure we’re going to walk through these tough times together, every step of the way because America is at its best and our bond and our spirit, it's unbreakable.”
The highly emotional show served as a wake-up call to many viewers who might not have realized the depth of pain caused by the event. As the singer then went on to render the hit song by Tom Petty also as a sign of honor to the 66-year-old singer who died a day after the Las Vegas shooting.