Jason Aldean Hits The Stage One Week After Vegas Shooting, And Delivers Touching Tribute

In the wake of the tragic shooting in Las Vagas, in which a gunman opened fire on the crowd of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, taking the lives of 58 people and wounding over 500 more, a number of country musicians have taken the time to pay tribute to the lives that were lost.

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Garth Brooks posted a tribute to the victims of the shooting soon afterwards, commenting that “I’m very proud of how the audience handled itself. People were laying down on people to protect them. Just…character flows through country music. All our love to the victims and the victims’ families. All our love to the bands and crews.”

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Most notable however, has been the outpouring of emotions from Jason Aldean, who was performing at the festival when the shooting began. His pregnant wife Brittany was present as well, and recounts that “We were the lucky ones. I can’t put into words the pain and heartache we feel for the ones who are no longer with us.”

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Though he already previously made a statement about the incident, Aldean used his appearance on Saturday Night Live on Oct. 8th to comment further on the shooting, as well as to pay tribute to the late Tom Petty, who passed away on Oct. 2nd.

His tribute is very touching…

Tom Petty’s Daughter Shares a Heartbreaking Tribute

The late, great Tom Petty left behind two daughters, Adria Petty and Annakim Violette Petty, when he passed away at the age of 66-years-old. Both girls followed in their father’s footsteps and pursued the arts, with Adria becoming a successful music video and documentary director, while 35-year-old Annakim became an artist. Through Annakim’s work, she makes it clear that she doesn’t follow the crowd.

“Unapologetically, I love costumes,” she says. “But I hate the fashion industry. I don’t have a standard. My low is my high, basically.”

Annakim’s moter, Jane Benyo was Petty’s first wife and the couple were married from 1974-1996.

Petty and Benyo met at the age of 17, which was the basis for the Stevie Nicks hit song “Edge of Seventeen”.

The “Free Falling” singer later married Dana York Epperson in 2001.

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Annakim traveled a lot growing up, so that contributes to her feelings that she is not part of any one world.

“You can take people that are in different places in the world, have never met, and have a collective that could be so similar that it’s terrifying, yet their experiences are completely distinct from the people around them,” she told StyleLikeU.

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She relates music and her work in fashion, and tries to draw one into the other.

“Music is like liquid, and I feel like clothing should be more like music. It’s like a song that you love. It shouldn’t be about something that’s trying to fit in or out of the world. It should be something that’s bringing people closer to the world,” she said in 2011. “It’s one of those things where it makes me not take life so seriously. I feel like clothing should be the opposite of anxiety.”

Annakim has turned to her Instagram page to tribute her late father, posting personal photos and other milestones from his career.

Tom Petty Rushed To Hospital, Is Currently On Life Support

Tom Petty is one of the most prolific American singer-songwriters in rock and roll history. With a string of hits from not only his well-known band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, but also his other projects like The Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch, the man has been a driving force in the music industry for over 40 years.

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Even his solo career has earned him a number of awards, and he has the accolades to go along with it. It was recently established that Petty has sold over 80 Million albums worldwide, several of which have gone Platinum, and in 2002 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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He’s also remained a huge advocate for artistic control and the ability for artists to have free reign over the rights to their art, and has actively sued several companies who he’s felt have tried to take advantage of him and his music.

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Suffice to say, Petty is a genuine musical legend, which is why it’s with great sadness that the 66 year old rocker has just been reported as being rushed to the hospital.

Read on for what we know so far…

UPDATE: LAPD Confirms Tom Petty Has Died At Age 66

Tom Petty is one of the most prolific American singer-songwriters in rock and roll history. With a string of hits from not only his well-known band, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, but also his other projects like The Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch, the man has been a driving force in the music industry for over 40 years.

Tom Petty / Twitter

Even his solo career has earned him a number of awards, and he has the accolades to go along with it. It was recently established that Petty has sold over 80 Million albums worldwide, several of which have gone Platinum, and in 2002 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Consequence of Sound

He’s also remained a huge advocate for artistic control and the ability for artists to have free reign over the rights to their art, and has actively sued several companies who he’s felt have tried to take advantage of him and his music.

BBC

Suffice to say, Petty is a genuine musical legend, which is why it’s with great sadness that the 66 year old rocker has just been reported as being rushed to the hospital.

Read on for what we know so far…