Jason Aldean balances pain with positivity in a difficult year

Jason Aldean is an inspirational, dynamic performer who brought joy to thousands of country fans all over America this year playing to capacity crowds on his “They Don’t Know Tour,” which he kicked off in April and continued through the end of October.

His video for the single “They Don’t Know” took fans behind the scenes on the major tour that shared its name.

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The country superstar demonstrated unimaginable courage by returning to the road after a domestic terrorism incident took nearly 60 lives during his set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. In remarks during his first show back after cancelling three in the week following the shooting out of respect for the victims, Jason had a defiant message for his fans in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“These people are going to continue to try to hold us down and continue to try to do things to us that are going to make us live in fear and be scared and not go out and do what it is we want to do, whether it’s go to a concert, or go to a ballgame, or go to the mall or go to a movie,” he said. “To those people that keep trying to do that I say, ‘Fuck you, we don’t really care what you try to say, what you try to do to us.’ Even though the United States may seem really divided and we seem like we’re fighting with each other, at the end of the day, this is the best country in the world and I’m glad to be here.”

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Shifting the focus back to his positive endeavors, at an Oct. 20 tour stop in Louisville, Kentucky, Jason donated a potion of tickets sales to raise money for the breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen as part of his annual “Concert for the Cure.” Since his first such event in 2004, Jason has raised more than $3.6 million for the charity. He also released a recorded version of his “Saturday Night Live” performance of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” as a fundraiser for the Las Vegas victims,


Jason is now nominated for a well-deserved Tour of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Voting begins Nov. 13 at and runs until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.

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