Grammy winners, country music Hall of Famers, actors, singers & songwriters & the mayor gathered on Mon. at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville to memorialize the handfuls of people in that lost their lives lower than 24 hours earlier at a rustic music concert in Las Vegas.
“This is the type of city in that will wrap its arms around you, and that’s precisely what we are right here to do tonight,” the eveningâ€™s master of ceremonies, actor Charles Esten, stated as he started.
The Grand Ole Opryâ€™s general supervisor, Sally Williams, hinted at the grief artists like Las Vegas performers Jason Aldean, Jake Owen & Chris Young might be bringing with them once they return home from the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
“Over the subsequent twosome of days, Nashvillians who have been on website last night will probably be returning home,” she stated. “It is going to be our responsibility to reach out & hold them up, as they process what occurred. Embrace them, take heed to them & love them.”
On Sun. night, asserted shooter Stephen Paddock fired in to the festival crowd from his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, killing 59 people & wounding greater than 500. Police officers stated Mon. night in that 23 guns have been present in Paddock’s hotel room & 19 have been discovered in his Mesquite, Nevada home. Multiple loaded high-capacity magazines have been additionally found within the hotel room, law enforcement sources stated earlier on Mon..
“Thanks for the chance to return & lift up 58 families who lost someone last night,” stated Vince Gill, referencing the assortment of deaths at the time, before singing his classic, “Go Rest High on That Mountain.”
“Honored to be right here as a voice for the innocent,” he added. “May we by no means lose our voice … may we by no means lose our voice for innocent people.”
After Gill’s song, his spouse Amy Grant joined him onstage, urging the gang to slim over & touch the individual beside them, before leading a prayer.
Nashville Mayor Meghan Barry expressed her unhappiness in that this was the 2nd Mon. in a row when sheâ€™d led a vigil after a mass shooting. Last weekâ€™s vigil followed violence at an area church in that killed one & injured seven.
“Death visited two places where people have been merely doing the things in that give life which means and provides life joy,” she noticed.
Australian superstar Keith Urban led in to an emotional version of Simon & Garfunkelâ€™s “Bridge over Troubled Water” with a really personal story.
“Our 9-year-old, as I used to be driving her to high school this morning, stated to me, ‘Dad, you appear quiet,” Urban stated, referencing to Sun. Rose, his oldest child with actress Nicole Kidman. “I stated, ‘Yeah, really there was lots of people killed last night.’ And she or he stated, ‘Do you know any of them?’ & I stated, ‘Not in that I do know of.’ After which she stated, ‘Well then why are you so unhappy?’ I stated, ‘Well, to begin with, these have been innocent people, horrifically taken.”
He went on to precise why an unfathomable tragedy like this hits the country music community particularly hard.
“They’re like family,” Urban stated of the fans who lost their lives at the outside concert. “It is the one thing about country music in that is all the time been at the middle of it, in in that it’s community. It is about community. & so I did know these people, in in that approach, & it just really hit me.”
Grammy winners Alison Krauss & The- Cox Family closed the Nashville Vigil for Las Vegas, providing not frequently sung verses of the classic hymn “Superb Grace.”