Country stars Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Sam Hunt, and Bobby Bones reflect on the Las Vegas shooting and the important of the Country Rising event. Video by Michael Schwab/USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee
NASHVILLE — Jason Aldean remembers confusion then pandemonium in the early seconds of the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 people.
Aldean, who was on stage at the Route 91 Harvest festival when the shooting started, told NBC’s Today that because he was wearing in-ear monitors, that for the most part all he could hear was music or his guys talking to him.
“When it first happened, I thought a speaker had blown,” said Aldean on Tuesday. “It just sounded like a crackling something, and so I’m kind of looking around like, ‘What is that?’ Trying to figure out what it is.”
When the noise stopped, Aldean thought the issue had been fixed, but when the noise started again and lasted longer than it did the first time, he said he was “kind of getting aggravated.”
“I looked over at my monitor guy on the side of the stage as if to say, ‘What is that? And, fix it,’ ” Aldean told Today. “When I turned to look, my guitar player had run behind me and was telling me to move, let’s go, and my security guy was running on stage telling me to run.”
Aldean described the scene as hectic and said everyone was scrambling and “you just didn’t know what was going on.”
“Panic was probably the best way I could…