Country star Jason Aldean skipped a show in Vegas to play for the survivors and first responders in the mass shooting. Instead he chose to be on SNL. This is according to Dana White, the President of UFC.
According to White, the country singer’s representatives lied to him about the reason he could not play at the Vegas show. White was looking for Aldean to sing the national anthem at UFC event in Vegas Saturday night. White claimed to have over 15 survivors from the shooting and hundreds of first responders set to be in the house.
The request of White was rejected by Aldean, who claimed he may never perform live again. When the shooting went down at the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival Aldean was on the stage performing.
The shooter ran off the stage and according to White he was too rattled to perform again.
Despite turning down the offer to play in Vegas, Aldean opened SNL with a tribute to the victims of the shooting. This is different than how SNL usually opens with a political monologue.
Aldean said this on SNL:
“This week we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history. Like everyone, I’m struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal. So many people are hurting. There are children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends. They’re all part of our family.
White was livid with Jason Aldean after this went down. Per TMZ:
White says he also reached out to several country music stars — telling us, “Country music was attacked. Those were country music fans.”
White says every single country act turned him down.
“Those are people who buy your albums and none of you country music people could sing the anthem in front of survivors and 1st responders?”
White offered a ton of praise to Everlast — who stepped in and performed instead.
“This isn’t about money. This is about the bad ass people who fought through this sh*t that this coward did.”
Dana White didn’t leave any question about where he stands with Jason Aldean declining to perform in Vegas for the first responders and victims.