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Jason Aldean releases ‘SNL’ Tom Petty tribute for charity

“I Won’t Back Down” is available at digital and streaming services

Jason Aldean’s message of unity and powerful cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Town” on Saturday Night Live from October 7th is available across many digital retailers and streaming services and will continue to rollout with additional partners over the next few days. All proceeds raised will go towards the Direct Impact Fund to benefit victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

“This week, we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history,” Aldean said during his cold open of Saturday Night Live on October 7th. “Like everyone, I’m struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal. So many people are hurting. There are children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends — they’re all part of our family. So I want to say to them: We hurt for you and we hurt with you. But you can be sure we’re going to walk through these tough times together, every step of the way, because when America is at its best, our bond and our spirit, it’s unbreakable.”

Fans can also help support the victims of the Las Vegas shooting by purchasing a custom printed “We Won’t Back Down” t-shirt here or by texting VEGAS to 91999 to donate.

Fifty-nine people were killed with hundreds more injured after 64-year-old white male Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, NV, began firing automatic weapons from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino around 10:08 pm PT on October 1st to a crowd of twenty-two thousand on the streets below during the final night of the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Aldean was performing during the incident and rushed off stage after about ten seconds after shots began, according to various videos circulating on social media. No artists, band members or crew members were injured in the event.

Forty-thousand fans were in attendance throughout the three day event, marking the largest Route 91 Harvest Festival crowd to date. Jake Owen, Big & Rich, Luke Combs and many other artists were at the site when the shooting began.