Eric Church headlined the Route 91 Harvest Country Festival in Las Vegas just days before the mass shooting. He took the stage at the Grand Ole Opry on Wednesday to deliver an emotional speech and debut a new song he wrote in honor of the victims.
“This past Friday, I played the Harvest music festival in Vegas … 48 hours later, those places that I stood, it was carnage,” Church told the crowd. “Those were my people. Those were my fans.”
“I didn’t want to be here tonight. I didn’t want to play guitar … But last night somebody sent me a video of a lady named Heather Melton and she was talking to Anderson Cooper on CNN,” the singer said. “She goes, ‘We went there to see Eric Church because he was Sonny’s … it was his guy. We went there to see his guy. Then she said, ‘We have tickets for the Grand Ole Opry tomorrow night.'”