Country rock star Eric Church is known for wearing sunglasses in concert, but lately they also help hide his tears.
He performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival two days before the massacre.
On Wednesday night, he dedicated his new song “Why Not Me” to Sonny Melton, who died shielding his wife from the bullets.
At the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, the 40-year-old Church noted two empty seats where the Meltons had been ticketed to sit.
He admitted that he did’t want to be at the Opry that night.
“And I didn’t want to play guitar, and I didn’t want to walk on this stage. But last night, let me try to get this out, last night somebody sent me a video of a lady named Heather Melton. And she was talking to Anderson Cooper on CNN and she had on our ‘Church choir’ tour shirt.”
“And he said, ‘What brought you to Vegas?’ and she goes, ‘We went there to see Eric Church, because he was Sonny’s,’ her husband who died, ‘it was his guy, and we went there to see his guy,’” Church said.
“The reason I’m here tonight is because of Heather Melton, and her husband Sonny who died, and every person that was there. And I’ll tell you, I saw that crowd. I saw them with their hands in the hair, with boots in the air, and that moment in time was frozen,” Church said, “and there is no amount of bullets that can take that away. None!”
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