Keith Urban Sings ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ at Route 91 Festival Vigil [WATCH]
During Monday night’s (Oct. 2) vigil in Nashville in honor of victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, Keith Urban performed Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” The song’s message is fitting following the tragedy.
Readers can watch Urban’s performance in the video above; he takes the stage at about the 21-minute mark. Before singing, Urban shares a story about taking his older daughter, Sunday, to school on Monday morning, and recalls the conversation they had on the way. When Sunday asked her dad why he was so quiet that morning, he explained to her what was going on.
“I said, ‘Yeah, I’m really — there were a lot of people killed last night.’ And she said, ‘Did you know any of them?’ And I said, ‘Not that I know of.’ And then she said, ‘Then why are you so sad?'” Urban recounted. “And I said, ‘Well, first of all, these were innocent people horrifically taken, and secondly, they’re like family.’
“It’s the one thing about country music that’s always been at the center of it, and that is community,” Urban added. “It’s about community. And so I did know those people in that way, and it just really hit me.”
See Photos From Monday’s Vigils in Las Vegas and Nashville
The shooting at the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival took place near the end of Jason Aldean‘s headlining set on Sunday night (Oct. 1). Other artists who performed at the event, which ran Sept. 29-Oct. 1, include Chris Young, Jake Owen, Sam Hunt, Eric Church, Maren Morris, the Brothers Osborne and Luke Combs.
Las Vegas police have identified 64-year-old Stephen Paddock as the suspect in the shooting; he is dead. More than 50 people have died and more than 500 people were injured when he opened fire from a Mandalay Bay hotel room, above where the Route 91 Harvest Festival was taking place.
In a televised statement on Monday, President Donald Trump praised Las Vegas police and first responders for their quick response to the shooting. Trump also ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims.
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