Katy Perry‘s Witness Tour took her to Madison Square Garden on Monday night (Oct. 2), less than 24 hours after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in which 59 people were killed and over 500 were injured at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas Sunday night (Oct. 1).
The singer took a moment after performing her first two songs of the evening to speak from her heart about the horrific Vegas attack.
“I want to take this moment right now for Las Vegas tonight,” she began. “Listen, I know it’s been a tough day. But music is special. It’s magic. It’s something that unites us. There’s community here that we need to take care of, that we need to surround, that we need to lift up. I know we that we all feel very disconnected sometimes, but I know music brings us together, and it should never be a place of fear — right?”
Perry then noted that inherently we all are connected in some way through our social media posts, but “sometimes, we forget we need to touch each other. We need to see each other.” She asked members of the crowd to turn to their right or left and simply introduce themselves. “Just say, ‘I love you!'” she punctuated.
She finished by saying, “No one’s going to steal our joy. No one’s gonna wilt our flowers, no one’s gonna take our power from us.”
Watch the full speech below.
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— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) October 3, 2017