Artist Reactions To Las Vegas Massacre

Musicians react to the mass shooting that took place during Jason Aldean’s performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday.

The tragedy left at least 58 killed and 515 injured – the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

Aldean was on stage at the Las Vegas Village festival grounds when the gunman released gunfire from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Marshmello is one of the first artists to cancel a performance in the area because of the shooting. The DJ called off his Oct. 1 show at XS Las Vegas, the nightclub inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. We will update the post if other cancellations are announced. 

The three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival featured performances on Sunday from Aldean, Jake Owen, Big & Rich, Kane Brown, Josh Abbott Band, Tyler Reeve, Dee Jay Silver, Luke Combs, Dylan Scott and more. The lineup on Friday and Saturday included Sam Hunt, Maren Morris, Eric Church, Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne, Bobby Bones And The Raging Idiots, Britt Young, Lauren Alaina, and High Valley.

Below is an initial compilation of messages posted on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook:

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“Gun shots!!! Vegas. Pray to god. Love you guys. Love you Pearl,” Jake Owen tweeted at 10:12 p.m. Oct. 1. He later added the following messages: “Praying for everyone here in Vegas. I witnessed the most unimaginable event tonight. We are okay. Others arent. Please pray. Gun shots were ringing off of the stage rigging and road cases. No one knew where to go..thank you LVPD and responders for keeping us safe”

“Spent I don’t know how long on the floor of a trailer behind the stage… know multiple people are dead. Listening to that gunfire…” Chris Young tweeted at 12:20 a.m. Oct 2. He added the following messages: “I’m literally shaking still. Why. I’m not gonna say anything else other than I’m lucky to be alive. As are many others… and so many people are gone… this is heartbreaking”

Big & Rich: Everyone in the B&R camp is ok thoughts and prayers to everyone in vegas at #Route91

“This world is sick L” Kane Brown tweeted at 10:28 p.m. Oct. 1. He added a photo from the concert and tweeted “Prayers to Vegas” at 7:08 a.m. Oct 2.

“Active shooter by us in Vegas. Say some prayers,” Josh Abbott tweeted at 10:17 p.m. Oct 1. He later added the following messages: “Everyone in JAB is accounted for. They evacuated us from Mandalay. My fiancée is still in room. They won’t let me in but she’s safe. Update: I got back to Taylor & our room in Mandalay about 30 minutes ago. The rest of the band & crew are home now. Was a long awful night. I’ll never unhear those gunshots; and our band & crew will never forget how that moment made them feel. Our hearts are with all the victims”

Tyler Reeve: These were some pictures with some of my friends and fellow artists at @route91harvest over the last couple of days. I don’t have words to describe the horror of what happened and how quickly it turned into such a tragic night. I was absolutely terrified. I pray for every single person affected by this. By the grace of god I am safe, as well as all of my crew and friends. Prayers and energy really needed for everyone involved and affected.

Dee Jay Silver: Watching the sun come up in Las Vegas…. I’ve got no words

“Active shooter at @Route91Harvest in Vegas. We’re safe. Love you guys,” Luke Combs tweeted at 10:32 p.m. Oct 1. He later added, “Me, the band, and crew are all safe. Been a long night, gonna try to get some sleep. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.”

Dylan Scott: “Prayers to everyone at @Route91Harvest in Las Vegas. We are ok, had literally just left for the airport.  What is wrong with this world!!”

Sam Hunt: Lord be near (Route 91) Psalm 91

Lee Brice: Hearts out to Vegas. Route 91 concert, stage I played two nights ago. Musicians, fans, workers, you are all in our prayers right now..

Brothers Osborne: We are completely devastated by these tragic events that happened in Vegas last night. We can only imagine the flood of emotions you all must be feeling and for that we send our love and prayers to you all. After our set on Friday, we talked about how you were one of the best groups of people we’ve ever played for. So much love. So much joy. So much pure happiness floating through the air. I know it might be hard but don’t lose those feelings. Those emotions are sacred. Don’t let a deranged coward take that from you. We wish that we could reach our arms around every damn one of you and your families right now. Hold on tight to the ones you love. We love you all and will be keeping you forever in our thoughts.

The band added: A huge amount of love to the first responders in Las Vegas. While we run to safety, they run into chaos. Thank you all so much.

Lauren Alaina: Praying for everyone at Route 91. That crowd was one of the best I’ve played for all year. This news is devastating. My camp is home & safe.

High Valley: Can’t believe the news.  In shock.  Too close to home. #prayforvegas

Bobby Bones: Really freaking awful about what happened in Vegas last night. We played that stage the night before and it was the most fun crowd we’ve ever seen. And to see a gathering of enjoyment like that ruined by an attack makes me mad. And extremely sad for all the people hurt/killed. Thankful for first responders … thoughts with Vegas.

Maren Morris: Played Route 91 in Vegas the night before last. We were all singing. I’m in shock over this. Heartbroken for all those lives taken too soon.

“To all my friends in Vegas, there is an active shooter at the Mandalay Bay so please be careful! Tonight’s show at @XSlasvegas is canceled,” Marshmello tweeted at 11:04 p.m. Oct 1. On Tuesday he tweeted: “Sending love to all the first responders, police officers, firemen, paramedics and EMTs who put their lives on the line for us #Pray4Vegas. The world is in one of its darkest moments right now. It is extremely important to be here for each other and do everything we can to help.”

Blake Shelton: My deepest sympathies and prayers to anyone has been affected by the Vegas shooting last night. I don’t even know anymore… Why?

Hunter Hayes: This is heartbreaking. I cannot believe this tragic news. My heart and my prayers are with everyone affected by this horrific tragedy. So so sad.

Lorde: fuck. feel sick for the victims of las vegas and their families. i’m so sorry

Toby Keith: God be with the music lovers and the music makers in Vegas last night. Take time to pray. -T

Ariana Grande‏: My heart is breaking for Las Vegas. We need love, unity, peace, gun control & for people to look at this & call this what it is = terrorism.

Brad Paisley: I love country music, our fans, and our industry. We are a family. And we are hurting together today. God be with the victims. #prayforvegas

Brantley Gilbert: Please pray for all of the victims of the tragic act of terror and cowardice in Las Vegas … pray for their families and friends …

Jason Isbell: What a truly awful thing. It simply shouldn’t be that easy to hurt that many people.

Dierks Bentley: Prayers for everyone in Las Vegas … our country music family of fans and friends. God bless all those hurting right now. At a total loss for words.

John Mayer‏: No words. Just grief, sadness, and the never-ending attempt to make sense of something utterly senseless. Love to all in Las Vegas.

Taylor Swift‏: There are no words to express the helplessness and sorrow my broken heart feels for the victims in Vegas and their families.

Kid Rock: It is beyond time for our country, and the world, to unite and do whatever we can to stop all this madness.

Demi Lovato: My heart is broken for Las Vegas. Music is a place to find refuge not fear. Praying for the victims and their families.

Lady Antebellum‏: We are devastated by the news from Las Vegas this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragedy. Our fans are our family – we love you all.

Little Big Town: One year ago we played Route 91 on Sunday night. Our prayers are with all the first responders, artists, crew and mostly the country fans.

The Weeknd: Waking up to this horrible news in Las Vegas is so heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers go out to those who were tragically involved

Christina Perri: how many more acts of violence will it take to wake up the people that can enact better gun laws? why did that man own 10 automatic weapons?

Boyz II Men‏: Just heartbroken. Can’t wait to hug you all this weekend.

Lady Gaga: This is terrorism plain and simple. Terror bares no race, gender or religion.  Democrats & Republicans please unite now #guncontrol ????

Parmalee: This is horrific news & our prayers go out to everyone effected by this. This hits very close to home and is a sad day for the whole world

Sara Evans: I just don’t understand the evil that is in some people. I am so devastated for the victims and their families from the shooting in Vegas. Praying non-stop for these people. Sending so much love.

Martina McBride: Its hard to find words. Praying for all the victims and their families in Las Vegas and all who were affected…which is really all of us.

Sam Smith: Watching the news in tears. Something needs to change!!!!!!! This hate has to stop!!!!! Heartbreaking

Scotty McGreery: Still can’t comprehend it. Have to continue to pray for the victims, the families, the ppl of Vegas, and the first responders.  

Dan + Shay: One year ago, on stage at Route 91 Harvest Festival, with Boyz II Men. A festival to celebrate music, to celebrate love, to celebrate community. This morning our hearts are heavy for the victims + families of last night’s shooting. Concerts are supposed to be a safe place we can go to escape. Although our country music family is hurting, we are not broken. We will push forward and be united by love. Giving love, receiving love. Still as a loss for words, but needed to share a snapshot of love to, if only for a moment, distract ourselves from today’s pain. Vegas, our thoughts + prayers are with you.

Skillet: Woke up to news of the tragic mass shooting in Vegas. So terrible. Our hearts go out to all the victims and their families. Prayers and ??

Peter Bjorn and John: #banguns About high time!! Our thoughts & love are with the victims in #LasVegas too sad… #reutersvärd

Calvin Harris: God bless the families of those lost in Vegas. So devastating and senseless

Paramore: shows/festivals/concerts should be no place for fear. we’re deeply sorry to friends, family, & music fans affected by this senseless terror.

Zendaya: There’s nothing I can tweet that will heal the heartache being felt today, but all my heart is with Las Vegas. This is domestic terrorism.

Ciara: Praying for our world and families affected by all these tragedies. My heart is broken from all that’s happening. #HealTheWorld ??

Nick Carter: My heart and prayers go out to all the families and loved ones who were and are still being affected by this horrible senseless tragedy.

Owl City: I ache for the victims in Las Vegas.

Ally Brooke: Woke up to the horrifying news of Las Vegas. I am purely shocked and  extremely devastated! I am in tears. My prayers and love go out to everyone affected by this monstrosity. Sending all of my love

Thompson Square: Waking up to the tragic Las Vegas news. We can’t even process this kind of senseless violence. God help us.

Camila Cabello: Vegas,there are no words to express the pain of this kind of heartbreak all of my love and prayers for the victims, families and responders

Liam Payne: the events in Las Vegas are beyond anyone’s comprehension. My thoughts and love are with everyone affected by this senseless tragedy ??????

Tracy Lawrence: My heart is heavy today. The tragedy in Las Vegas last night is hitting way too close to home. My thoughts & prayers are with those impacted

Lionel Richie: Shocked and saddened by the news of what has happened. Sending my prayers to everyone affected by this tragedy…#PrayforVegas

Banks: In shock and so heartbroken to hear about Vegas. Sending my love and prayers to the victims and their families ??

Dustin Lynch: Hate will not define us, hate will not determine how we live, and what we love to do. Honestly at a loss of words and in shock of the tragedy that took place last night in Las Vegas. Personally, I have a lot of friends and fellow artists who fortunately are safe. Praying for all those who lost their lives, are missing, and injured. My thoughts are also with their families and the first responders on site. Remember in the darkest time the world needs the joy that music brings. Music is love, and love always wins.  

Alan Jackson: Praying for all the country music fans, their families and first responders involved in the tragedy in Las Vegas last night.

Imagine Dragons: sending our condolences and love to all those affected by the senseless shooting in Vegas. may we all spread an abundance of love today.

Rascal Flatts: Dear Jesus, please touch everyone involved in this tragedy. Bring healing to the injured & comfort to the families who lost loved ones. Amen

Carlos Santana: To everyone that lost loved ones in Las Vegas, we stand with you. To those of you who are wounded and hurt, we stand by you. Our heart is in shock. Our minds are filled with questions. Why ? Why allow weapons of mass destruction to be sold to civilians ? The laws need to be changed to prevent this from ever happening again. Brutality is pure ignorance. Compassion is the highest quality of pristine divinity. My heart goes out to all of those affected by this senseless tragedy. We all need to come together at this time and be “one”. We send our collective prayers, light and love to the families and the wounded. Love, respect & admiration, Carlos Santana

Backstreet Boys: In shock. Thankful our team is safe. The Vegas community and all affected need more than thoughts and prayer, but it’s a start. ❤️

Matt & Kim: What the FUCK is going on in this world. Kim just called me to tell me about the Las Vegas concert shooting … I just sat down in the middle of the sidewalk with this horrible sinking feeling while people walk by. I don’t know what to do. I’m horrified at the amount of deaths and injuries and festivals and concerts are where we’re most at home, it’s like it happened in our FUCKING HOME, AGAIN. Tell me what to do, cause I just don’t know what to do.

Weezer: Our hearts ache for Las Vegas. Sending our deepest condolences to those affected.

Phillip Phillips: Fix You by Coldplay….the world needs this song right now.

Nick Jonas: Devastated waking up to the news of the shooting in Las Vegas. Praying for the victims and their families and friends. #PRAYERSFORVEGAS

Echosmith: We are praying for everyone affected, for comfort for the families who lost loved ones, for healing for the injured. Love u guys. Stay safe.

Rita Ora: I’m absolutely devastated to hear about what’s happened in Las Vegas. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Hate and violence cannot be tolerated. Please hug someone you love today. Love, Rita.