Country singer Eric Church put on an amazing tribute for the victims of the Las Vegas massacre. It happened at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Church headlined the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Friday night. Sunday night was when a gunman attacked the festival, killing 58 and injuring 500 others.
Initially he didn't want to perform at the show on Wednesday. That all changed when he saw a survivor of the Las Vegas massacre appear on CNN wearing an Eric Church t-shirt. Heather Melton was the woman wearing the shirt. She lost her husband, Sonny, when he sacrificed his life to save his wife.
Check out this amazing performance:
Per Daily Wire:
“This past Friday, I played the harvest music festival in Las Vegas, and I was the headliner, and uhm, I looked out there in that crowd, in that place, it was our last show of the year,” he told the audience.
“I watched them hold American flags during ‘How about You?’ I watched them put an American scarf around my neck during ‘Springsteen,’ they held records up when I played ‘record year.’ They held boots up when I played ‘these boots,'" continued an emotional Church.
“And I was so, uhm, moved by it, mainly because I looked at them and went, ‘this is my crowd, I’ve seen this crowd all year.’ They’re mine,” he said.
“And forty-eight hours later, the place where I stood, was carnage,” the singer stated, the pain audible in his voice. “Those were my people, those were my fans.”
“I didn’t want to be here tonight,” he explained. “And I didn’t want to play guitar, and I didn’t want to walk on this stage, but last night, let me try to get this out, last night somebody sent me a video of a lady named Heather Melton. And she was talking to Anderson Cooper on CNN and she had on our ‘Church Choir’ tour shirt.”
“And he said, ‘What brought you to Vegas?’ and she goes, ‘we went there to see Eric Church, because he was Sonny’s,’ her husband who died, ‘it was his guy, and we went there to see his guy,'” he said.
“And then she said, ‘We have tickets for the Grand Ol’ Opry tomorrow night,'” continued Church. “And over here, section three, row F, there’s a, if you’re there, if you’re in row F, there are some empty seats, and that’s their seats.”
What an incredibly powerful performance from Eric Church. Those directly impacted by this tragedy had to have been moved by this performance.