Like all of us, country music artist Dierks Bentley is still reeling from the tragic events that took place during the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on October 1st. The mass shooting claimed the lives of over 50 people and wounded more than 500.
“Those fans are all family to us. It’s a community like no other and I’m sure I know some people that were killed or wounded. We see a lot of the same faces on the road, it’s a really tight group,” the Arizona native told The Hollywood Reporter. “The boundaries between the audience and the stage is thin, metaphorically, in country music.”
A few days after the attack, Dierks headed down to his local Red Cross in order to donate blood, sharing via Instagram, “I haven’t really been able to function at all since the shooting. such deep sorrow. sadness. heavy and dark. My relationship with country music fans, as well as my band and my crew’s relationship with them, is something we all cherish so deeply. some of those friendships have been forged for well over a decade. my heart breaks over and over again for all those fans in Las Vegas and their families.”
While out West promoting the film Only The Brave— Bentley contributed the song “Hold The Light” to the project— Dierks stopped by Las Vegas to meet some very special people… the first responders.
The country music hit-maker performed for the special audience and spent quality time with the courageous group of men and women.
What a cool way to say ‘thank you’ to those who do so much good for their community. These people are truly real-life heroes.
Though shaken by the violent attack, Bentley told Extra that the events that took place in Las Vegas will not stop him from performing in front of country music crowds. Dierks shared, “For me, the whole idea of being on the road, the live show, is to escape reality, to blow off steam. The fans go out there to lose their minds. Music matters.”
Kudos to Dierks for making the trip out to Las Vegas and meeting with this group of brave individuals. Share this update with other country music fans!