Chris Young Dedicates Vince Gill's 'Go Rest High on That Mountain' to Las Vegas Shooting Victims
Chris Young performed at The Big Fresno Fair on Wednesday (Oct. 4), dedicating a cover of Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High on That Mountain” to the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night (Oct. 1).
Young opened his set with Gill’s tender 1994 ballad, which he said was his first time attempting to perform it. “I was in Vegas the other night. I heard this song a lot, I’ve never attempted to sing it because I have a huge amount of respect for the guy who did it originally,” Young told the audience. “But I’m going to give it my best. Music can heal.”
The 32-year-old country star attended last weekend’s Route 91 Harvest festival on the Las Vegas Strip and was standing offstage during tourmate Jason Aldean’s headlining set when gunman Stephen Paddock began firing into the audience from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500.
“Spent I don’t know how long on the floor of a trailer behind the stage … know multiple people are dead,” he tweeted after the shooting. “I’m not gonna say anything else other than I’m lucky to be alive.”
Spent I don't know how long on the floor of a trailer behind the stage... know multiple people are dead. Listening to that gunfire...— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) October 2, 2017
I'm not gonna say anything else other than I'm lucky to be alive. As are many others... and so many people are gone... this is heartbreaking— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) October 2, 2017
Aldean announced on Tuesday that he had canceled a handful of shows scheduled for this weekend “out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans.” Young opted to keep his scheduled performances in the hopes that he could inspire fans and offer some solace in the midst of tragedy.
Vegas was the scariest night of my life, but hopefully music can help heal... pic.twitter.com/pYouNPSOpA— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) October 5, 2017
“I’m a musician, and music can heal,” he said in a video posted to Twitter and Instagram. “So I’m hoping this is a night of trying to do that for a lot of people that are here.”