Vegas Concert Crowd Sings 'God Bless America' an Hour Before Shooting

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Country star John Rich of the group Big & Rich performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas before it was attacked by gunman Stephen Paddock.

The singer said Sunday evening's tragedy was "an attack on America".

In an interview with FOX News, John Rich of Big & Rich shared his experience from the night, highlighting a lone off duty officer who protected him and patrons of his Redneck Riviera bar. "I was looking down at the festival the whole day".

He said that D.J. Silver, who plays with Aldean, could not get in touch with his infant son for some time after the massacre, adding that the boy was staying in the room adjacent to Paddock's.

Country music star John Rich didn't think twice when an off-duty officer asked if he could use the singer's gun to protect others inside a Las Vegas bar during what would become the worst mass shooting in recent US history. "We had just met him before the show, but this bright-eyed kid was so excited to meet Big & Rich said".

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Gun rights and country music often go hand-in-hand. "NOW", he said. "My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn't realize it until my brothers on the road and myself were threatened by it".

"Fear will not overtake us", he told ET. "We just listen and have a good time".

"We played the show about 90 minutes before Jason Aldean", Rich tells USA news show Extra, "We had actually gone to a bar I own in Las Vegas to play a little after-show, and they tapped us on the shoulder and said there were active shooters at the 91 festival". "That's America singing "God Bless America" at the top of their lungs - that every color, and every religion, and all the different political perspectives represented out there all, singing together in one voice'".

"I think we all know that without men and women who are willing to fight for our freedoms in this country, we don't get to assemble like this and have insane country music concerts in the middle of Las Vegas, Nevada".

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