Jason Aldean was just a few songs in to his headlining set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sun. night when gunfire started raining down upon the hundreds of fans in attendance. At newest count, 58 have been killed & greater than 500 injured before the gunman, firing from the 32nd floor of the close by Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, reportedly took his own life.
That Aldean, one of country music’s most very popular artists, was onstage at the time of the massacre is eerie in its echoes of previous tragedies which have took place at concerts at which he was taking part in. This time, nevertheless, it is on a magnitude nobody might probably fathom.
A bar-band singer from Georgia who once funded his country-star aspirations by driving a Pepsi truck, Aldean came to Nashville in 1998, & after a couple of profession setbacks, established himself as a country-music powerhouse. Working with his longtime producer & mentor Michael Knox, he astutely combined country music with complex rock to create a more muscular Nashville sound with songs like “Hicktown” & “Johnny Money.” Later, he had be at the forefront of the country/hip-hop movement with the release of the juggernaut 2011 single “Dirt Road Anthem.”
Loyal to a fault, he is remained on the independent Nashville brand Broken Bow Records since 2005, & with producer Knox. However the singer additionally weathered his share of public life changes, together with a cheating scandal, a divorce & a subsequent new marriage. Which is absolutely what endears him as a working-class hero to his fans. They call themselves the “Aldean Army” & continue to buy tickets to his sold-out tours, making the 40-year-old Aldean one of many genre’s most constant live draws.
However his time on the street has not been with out peril. While different country artists have suffered incidents on the road, specifically the deadly collapse of Sugarland’s stage at the Indiana State Truthful in 2011, the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Yr has-been within the orbit of multiple tragedies while on tour.
In May 2014, a human being dedicated suicide by hanging himself within the men’s room of Atlanta’s Lakewood Amphitheater where Aldean was performing. A press release from the Atlanta Police officers Department to Rolling Stone at the time confirmed the incident, saying a janitor found the human being within the rest room stall with a belt around his neck.
That Jul., a 22-year-old fan disappeared throughout Aldean’s concert at Progressive Field in Cleveland. His body was found 5 days after in a county landfill. It is presumed he’d died after falling down a trash chute at the venue.
Later in that summer time, a cops officers officer was injured when he was struck by a drunken driver leaving Aldean’s Aug. third show in Connecticut.
& a yr earlier, in 2013, Aldean’s bus hit & killed a human being who had walked onto an Indiana freeway. The- driving force wasn’t at fault, & Aldean was not onboard the bus at the time.
“I saw some stuff throughout all in that that I do not ever care to see again,” the singer told Rolling Stone Country in 2014. “It looks like we had a streak of things like in that taking place to us.”
However, unbelievably, right here he’s again. Sam Hunt or Eric Church, the opposite nightly headliners of the three-day festival, might have drawn the Sun. night slot, still it is Aldean who’s at the middle of the deadliest mass shooting in trendy U.S. historical past. & it’s impossible to do anything still sympathize with him & his Aldean Army. Those in that survived Route 91 are ceaselessly bonded to the everyman artist they see themselves in.
“You would like people to return out to your show to take pleasure in it & everybody to wake up the subsequent day & speak about what a acceptable time in that they had. You do not want anyone to return to the show & by no means make it home,” he stated to Rolling Stone in 2014. “Sadly in that sort of stuff is out of our hands.”