Las Vegas Shooting Survivors Sit In on Jason Aldean's ACM Awards Rehearsal

Jason Aldean's rehearsal for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards not only prepared him for the show, but also gave him the opportunity to gather with survivors of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.

"What happened here in October, I think, will sort of bond all of us kind of forever," Aldean, who was performing at the Vegas country music festival when a gunman opened fire on the crowd on Oct. 1, says in a new video posted on the ACM Awards' Twitter account. After running through his set for the awards show, the entertainer of the year nominee spent time meeting and talking with the survivors were sitting in on his rehearsal.

In the clip, he adds, "I think it's cool to come back and just kind of show people that we're not gonna be scared. Fear's not gonna win out. We're gonna keep doing our thing."

Taste of Country reports the singer opened up about his bond with the Route 91 survivors in an interview with Buffalo radio station WYRK. "There was a lady there who I've gotten to know a little bit -- her and her husband -- that was in a coma and now she's out of her coma and doing great," Aldean says. "And there's other people that lost their husbands or lost their sons or wives or whatever there. You hear those stories and it's tough, man."

Watch the video from his rehearsal below. The ACMs air Sunday night (April 15) from Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Academy of Country Music Awards 2018