Country star Jason Aldean took the stage on “Saturday Night Live,” paying tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre and to the late rocker Tom Petty.
“This week we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history. Like everyone I’m struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal,” Aldean said starting the show. “So many people are hurting.”
Aldean performed Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” during the live opening Saturday night and then introduced the show.
Aldean was performing at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas last Sunday night when a gunman sprayed bullets into the crowd from a high-rise hotel, killing 58 people and injuring nearly 500.
The song choice was even more poignant considering that Petty died Monday at the age of 66.
Aldean wrapped his set by looking at the camera and saying the series’ iconic words, “Live from New York… It’s Saturday night!”