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Jason Aldean Opens Up About Coping After Las Vegas Shooting

Jason Aldean is getting candid about the trauma he experienced after the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in 2017 in Las Vegas.

The 42-year-old country singer stopped by The Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday (December 12).

“It’s obviously something that I wouldn’t wish on anybody,” he told host Kelly Clarkson. “I think for us going back to Vegas was something we wanted to do the right way. We didn’t want to go in and try to do it too soon.”

“We felt like there was going to be a lot of people at our show that probably hadn’t been to one of our shows, maybe hadn’t been to a concert at all since that show,” he continued. “If they were going to come back out and that was part of the healing process for them.”

“We wanted to make it a safer environment, something to make them feel safer,” he added about his recent show. “We did Park MGM, a little 5,000 seat arena. The other one was outside, 30,000-40,000 people or whatever it was. This was a little smaller, little more intimate where people can come and hopefully, feel a little more at ease, hopefully, help some of them.”

“We had to get on stage the next week and try to get through all of it,” he recalled about continuing his tour after the shooting. “It was rough, the best thing for me was the fact that my wife was there and went through it, my band was there and went through it, my crew, everybody. We kind of leaned on each other and talked through it, nobody kept it bottled up. If you had a breakdown, you kind of had it in front of everybody and everybody knew what was going on.”

“My wife, we could talk and understood what was going on because she was there,” Jason Aldean shared. “To me that helped more than anything. We’re on the other side of it now. We’re part of the Route 91 family now, so it’s a cool group.”

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Jason Aldean On Coping With Las Vegas Shooting Trauma: ‘I Wouldn’t Wish It On Anybody’
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Jason Aldean Performs First Concert in Las Vegas Since Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting in 2017

Jason Aldean has made a triumphant return to Las Vegas.

The 42-year-old country entertainer kicked off his three-night Jason Aldean: Ride All Night Vegas engagement on Friday night (December 6) at Park Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The performance marked the first time Jason has performed in Vegas since the deadly shooting broke out during his set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on October 1, 2017.

During his performance, Jason told the audience – which contained first responders and attendees from the 2017 show – “Tonight’s a really special night for us. We got a lot of people in the crowd who are family to us, so welcome everyone from Route 91… It’s our first show back and make no mistake about it… we came back to blow it out for you guys tonight…Let’s finish what we started, what y’all think?”

READ MORE: Jason Aldean: ’9′ Album Stream & Download – Listen!

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Jason Aldean: '9' Album Stream & Download - Listen!

Jason Aldean is back with a new studio album called 9, and you can listen to it right here!

Upon its release, the latest record from the 42-year-old country singer-songwriter immediately launched to No. 1 on the iTunes Album Chart on Friday (November 22).

“In this day and age everybody is not cutting full-length albums anymore. It’s trending more towards these EPs and that’s just not the way I want to make music,” Jason told Billboard of the new album.

The album includes tracks like the lead single, “We Back.”

“I feel like we needed [more up] tempo just because the last couple of albums, I felt like things were a little more on the laid back side with songs like ‘Drowns The Whiskey,’ ‘Any Ol’ Barstool’ and ‘You Make It Easy’…the big up tempos are such a big part of my career and live shows, I just felt like it was time. We had a new album coming out and we needed to bring back some energy and I feel like that’s a good way to kick off an album.”

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Jason Aldean Performs Medley of Hits with Kelly Clarkson at ACM Awards 2019 - Watch Now!

The 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards turned into a mini Jason Aldean concert!

The 42-year-old country rocker took to the stage to perform a medley of his hit songs on Sunday night (April 7) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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Jason brought out pal Kelly Clarkson and performed a few of his hit songs including “Lights Come On,” Don’t You Wanna Stay,” and “Dirt Road Anthem.”

Jason was also honored with the ACM Artist of the Decade Award!

Watch a clip of the performance!

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Jason Aldean's Wife Brittany Walks ACM Awards Carpet with Him

Jason Aldean walks the red carpet with his wife Brittany at the 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday night (April 7) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The 42-year-old country singer kicked off the show with a performance with Florida Georgia Line.

Jason is nominated for two awards tonight – Entertainer of the Year and Music Event of the Year for “Drowns the Whiskey” with Miranda Lambert.

During the opening monologue, host Reba McEntire joked about how Brittany got pregnant two times after Jason won Entertainer of the Year in previous years.

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Carrie Underwood Set to Take the Stage With Chrissy Metz at ACM Awards 2019

Carrie Underwood is kicking off 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards festivities!

The 36-year-old country music superstar stepped out for the ACM Awards press day on Friday (April 5) in Las Vegas.

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She was joined by other country stars including Cassadee Pope, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Scotty McCreery, Jason Aldean, Lauren Alaina and AJ McLean.

That day, it was also revealed that Carrie will be performing at the show alongside This Is Us star Chrissy Metz, who will be singing on live television for the first time.

The duo will be joined by Lauren, Mickey Guyton and Maddie & Tae, as they sing “I’m Standing with You” from Chrissy‘s upcoming movie Breakthrough.

“As an actress, you’re not always taken seriously as a singer. You can’t always cross over, whether it’s drama to comedy or an actress to musician. I can’t even believe it’s happening. I really, really can’t. It’s been a gift on top of a gift. It’s one of those bucket list moments you didn’t think would actually happen. Standing on stage with five incredible women who are brilliant vocalists and artists is beyond thrilling,” Chrissy told The Tennessean.

The Academy Of Country Music Awards airs on April 7th at 8 PM.

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ACM Awards 2019 Announces First Round of Performers!

The 2019 Academy of Country Music Awards is happening in less than a month and the first round of performers was just announced!

The event is taking place live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7 and the show will air on CBS.

Reba McEntire will be hosting the event and she will also perform. She will be joined by fellow performers Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, and George Strait.

ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award winner Jason Aldean will also perform on the telecast.