Just before tragedy hit, the Route 91 Festival crowd sang a song of hope YouTube/BigandRichOfficial

If you are a country music fan who has ever gone to a country music concert, you know the moment. The moment that the world around you disappears, and you escape into the comfort that sometimes only music can provide. And in that moment, everything is good and safe and right.

These people were in that moment.

And just hours later, 59 of them were gone as a result of a senseless act of violence.

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It’s this moment that is providing both comfort and devastation to all of us fans left behind. It occurred at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas as country duo Big & Rich did what they always do — take time out of their set to not only give a hearty shout-out to our military, but also lead their beloved fans in the singing of “God Bless America.”

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“Here’s a song we all learned in about the first grade,” John Rich told the sea of faces in a video from their set shared on Big & Rich’s Instagram page the next day. “Let’s sing it together.”

And they did. And they sang it loud. And they sang it proud.

And for a moment, all was right with the world.

And then it wasn’t.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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