Just days ago, Jason Aldean was performing on stage in Las Vegas when bullets started reigning down, killing 58 concertgoers and wounding hundreds. Tonight, he opened Saturday Night Live with a poignant tribute--both to the victims of the massacre and rocker Tom Petty, who passed away earlier this week.
Above, watch Aldean sing Petty's defiant 1989 anthem, "I Won't Back Down." Remember the lives lost to senseless violence. Pray that we'll eventually care enough, as a nation, to do something about it. Think about music's ability to restore the soul. And thank SNL for rising to yet another important occasion.
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