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Tuesday, April 10, 2018|2 a.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Last October, Jason Aldean was in a Las Vegas health center going to some of the victims hurt in a mass shooting at a country music festival a week previously. On that Sunday afternoon, the country star turned to his longtime supervisor, Clarence Spalding.
” He looked at me and said, ‘This will be the hardest thing I ever do,'” Spalding remembered. “And it was.”
Aldean, the reigning Academy of C and w’s performer of the year with a new album out this Friday, has actually constructed his profession and reputation on his live shows that captivate 10s of thousands every year. He had gone back to satisfy in person with those who had made it through an awful injury during his efficiency at the celebration, which had left him with sticking around feelings of regret.
In one space, a woman was still in a coma as he stood by her bed. Aldean recorded a message on her cellular phone, promising to bring her to a program when she got better. Those moments in those healthcare facility rooms were heavy with emotion, Spalding stated.
” Jason would walk in and somebody who had actually been shot in the arm, leg, face or anywhere would just start sobbing since it was such a psychological thing to see him,” Spalding said.
Aldean was onstage when the gunman began shooting with high-powered weapons at the fans from hotel room window across the street from the outdoor Path 91 Harvest celebration. That night in October, 58 people were eliminated and hundreds more hurt in what has ended up being the nation’s most dangerous mass shooting in modern-day history.
The Macon, Georgia-born star has actually been singing about small-town, working class life considering that he started in Nashville two decades ago, and said he now feels a connection to the survivors of another recent shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
” Unless any person has actually seen anything like that or belonged of it, it’s truly hard for individuals to actually comprehend where you’re originating from on that things,” Aldean stated in a current interview with The Associated Press. “It resembles the kids from the school in Florida, that shooting. I get it, male. I comprehend how they are feeling.”
About 40 members of atrioventricular bundle and crew, as well as his pregnant better half, Brittany, were all there at the festival. Spalding stated 2 of their tour buses were shot, in addition to their lighting board and stage. Aldean’s bass player discovered a bullet fragment in his bass guitar.
The aftermath for Aldean has been complicated. He stated he felt happy that his family, crew and good friends weren’t hurt, however likewise guilt for all individuals who existed since they wished to see him play. And then he felt anger and disbelief.
” You start doing that thing, like, ‘Male, did that truly happen? It appears so crazy,'” Aldean said. “You simply sit there and relive it a thousand times a day.”
His healing was helped by talking with his better half and his band and team about what they experienced. And after that he met those survivors.
” Returning to the hospital, going back to Vegas and seeing those people. Seeing some of the strength they were having. People laid up in the hospital and smiling and chuckling and just being grateful they were alive. That sort of things assisted me to take a look at it in a different view,” Aldean said. “Those people are here and pressing on.”
Two months to the day after the shooting, Aldean’s son, Memphis, was born and lastly Aldean discovered some relief from the spiraling thoughts in his head.
” Actually to me, he just offered me something else to concentrate on. Something else to think about on a daily basis,” Aldean said.
And although other country musicians have spoken out about the need for gun control because the shooting, Aldean has prevented wading into the political arguments about guns. “It’s a no-win circumstance,” Aldean said. “I believe no matter what you state, whether you’re for gun control or not, I imply, you’re setting yourself up to be crucified in the public eye or in the media.”
Nevertheless, Aldean, who is a gun owner, said there are flaws in the country’s laws concerning gun ownership that require addressing.
” It’s too simple to obtain guns, most importantly,” Aldean stated. “When you can walk in somewhere and you can get one in 5 minutes, do a background check that takes 5 minutes, like how in-depth is that background check? Those are the concerns I have. It’s not necessarily the weapons themselves or that I do not think people ought to have weapons. I have a lot of them.”
But his concern is that these tragedies are simply utilized as fodder for the political arguments that have actually dominated any conversation about weapon control.
” No one is looking at exactly what the actual issue is and actually the best ways to concern an arrangement and make a clever choice,” Aldean stated.
This Friday, Aldean is releasing his 8th studio album, “Rearview Town,” which he had been dealing with all throughout in 2015 between touring. It features his bluesy new single, “You Make It Easy,” which was co-written by Florida Georgia Line, in addition to “Drowns the Whiskey,” a duet with Miranda Lambert. Aldean said the title track interested him as a metaphor for his own life.
“‘ Rearview Town’ just sort of states you’re sort of putting some of the things that have type of weighted you down and been on your shoulders,” Aldean said. “You’re putting that behind you and you’re carrying on and anticipating everything in shop.”