For everyone affected by the mass shooting that occurred in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, the hours that followed were spent trying to locate friends and family, co-workers and artists who were at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Country star Lee Brice had performed at the festival on its opening night, and was in Los Angeles when he heard the news. His first instinct was to reach out to one of his best friends still there, Jake Owen.
Lee spoke with Fox News after the smoke cleared, and while he was relieved that Jake, and pals Chris Young and Jason Aldean were all safe, he was struggling to grasp the reality of the carnage.
The singer-songwriter said, “It was so hard to comprehend. I immediately texted Jake because I knew he was there and he had just gotten offstage, and he immediately texted back. What he sent back … made it feel so real.”
Lee said that Jake told him he saw “blood everywhere.”
With much of his crew and team still in Las Vegas and on lockdown, Lee turned to his faith to help him cope with this tragedy.
“I have faith that God has a plan and that he will prevail,” he said. “That this kind of a terrorism, which I believe that it is. What kind of terrorism it is, I don’t care. It’s just a fact that somebody is trying to make a point to scare people, country music fans, innocent people to stop doing what they want to do.”
While some artists canceled shows on the night following this tragic incident out of respect for the victims of this incomprehensible crime that took the lives of 59 people, we aren’t seeing any long-term effects or cancellations for future shows and festivals.