American Idol judge Luke Bryan paid tribute to the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas over the weekend, offering praise for the first responders and thanking fans for their bravery in the face of fear.
During the Centralia, Mo. Tour stop on Saturday (Oct. 7), Bryan halted mid-set to take a moment to honor the recent tragedy. “I want to remember those beautiful, those innocent, wonderful country music fans and those victims,” he said. “I want to remember them and pray for their families. I want to salute the first responders in Las Vegas that night. From the policemen that ran in, to the people in the hospitals that were having a normal night and then their world got turned upside down.”
Bryan acknowledged that this horrible incident shook the music community as a whole, not just one specific genre. “It’s not a country music situation — it’s not a country music fan situation. It’s a music fan situation, because we were all robbed of our innocence Sunday night,” Bryan explained. “I love you guys for being brave and showing up tonight and understanding the best thing we can do is show up tonight and do what we know how to do. Have fun as Americans and celebrate all the music and celebrate country music tonight.”
Just before taking the moment to pray, fans began to chant, “U.S.A., U.S.A.!” Watch the entire moment in a fan captured video below.