It’s been a week since a gunman opened fire on an enthusiastic group of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, and as country stars have attempted to come to grips with what happened on that heartbreaking October day, they’ve also tried to be a catalyst for healing to country music fans.
Although Luke Bryan wasn’t at the event this year, his best friends and music peers were, as were many of his fans. So, just days after the horrendous massacre, Luke remembered the victims during his Oct. 5 “Farm Tour” stop in Indiana, and made a plea to those attending.
“We’re going to remember all those folks, and we’re going to remember that being here tonight is a step in the right direction of getting us to where we want to be,” he began. “I want to think about one of my best friends in the world, Mr. Jason Aldean, who had an unbelievable week. Jake Owen and Chris Young and Adam Craig and Luke Combs and Dee Jay Silver and all those boys, y’all keep them in your thoughts and prayers for being a part of something that they could have never imagined. Let’s think about all those first responders out there running in—first responders, hospital people who were having a normal night.”
He then made a plea. “Let’s think about being a better country, being better people,” Luke said. “You see somebody that’s having trouble up here in their mind, let’s get to working on this stuff, y’all.”
Luke asked the crowd for a few seconds of silence while the stage lights went dark, and from the crowd you can hear someone yell, “Praise the Lord.”
Two nights later, at a farm in Centralia, Missouri, Luke reminded fans at another “Farm Tour” stop, “I want to salute all of music. It’s not a country music situation. It’s not a country music fan situation. It’s a music fan situation because we were all robbed of our innocence Sunday night. I love you guys for being brave and showing up tonight and understanding.” Luke also added local law enforcement to his thanks, as security has ramped up at many concerts in the wake of the Las Vegas tragedy.
Sometimes church is in a cornfield.